Fungal nails, also called Onycomyosis, are a regular complaint at SOLE THERAPY. It is an infection beneath the surface of the nail from fungus. They can affect people of all ages and walks of life. Whilst they can often take a long time to develop, fungal nails can be quite difficult to treat. Whilst they do not get sore, fungal nails can be unsightly.
When infected with fungus the nail will become darker in colour, is brittle and has a bad odour. Debris may collect below the nail, white marks appear on the nail and it can often spread to other toenails. If not treated the nails will thicken and are hard to cut. Nail fungus may also occur with a secondary bacterial infection in the nail plate.
Fungal nails are usually caused by organisms called dermatophytes; however other fungi such as yeasts and molds can also be causative agents. Fungi thrive in a warm, moist and dark environment- just like our shoes. This is usually passed on from the skin to the nails and from person to person in communal bathing areas, hotel bathrooms or from nail salons.
The organisms invade the nail through the nail bed or plate. The fungus can infect the nail has been traumatised. The nail itself then provides a protective covering that allows the fungus to grow below the nail bed.
SOLE THERAPY podiatrists know the best regime for treating nail fungus- consistent application of topical solution in combination with regular general treatments. It is important to have the fungal nails thinned with a mechanical file and debris cleared from below the nail every 4-6 weeks. This allows the solution to better penetrate the nail and get into the nail bed.
SOLE THERAPY has also introduced laser therapy for fungal nails. The K-Laser is the top of the line laser made in Italy. The high energy laser beam destroys the fungus through the nail.
Oral anti-fungal treatment can be sourced from your general practitioner but do come with the risk of side effects such as liver damage. Regular blood tests whilst on the course of medication may be required.
If you think you have a fungal nail come and visit SOLE THERAPY. Our podiatry experts will assess your nail and recommend the best course of treatment for your nails.
Words from one of our Podiatrist's,
DR VICTORIA KOKOTATSIOS