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TOENAIL FUNGUS

It is a common and treatable condition if you receive the advice and treatment options that are correct for you. 

What Is Toenail Fungus?

It occurs when fungal microorganisms inhabit the nails. Additionally, these organisms prefer a dark and warm environment and toenails provide this. 

Fungal infections often begin at the tip of the nail and gradually move underneath the nail. As a result of this, it interferes with the nail health and appearance over time.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS oF TOENAIL FUNGUS?

It can take different forms, but it is not too hard to identify. Additionally, common symptoms include:

  • White or yellow patches on the nail, especially under the tip.
  • General toenail discolouration.
  • Thickening, brittleness or a rough texture in the nails.
  • Nails separating from the nail bed.
  • Tenderness or pain around the nails.

WHAT CAUSES TOENAIL FUNGUS?

Firstly, toenail fungal infection can occur when visiting places such as public showers/change rooms and some nail salons (where instruments may not be sterilised). In addition, contributing factors include the continual wearing of enclosed footwear (rarely allowing light to the feet) and trauma.

photo of a person with toenail fungus

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE For Toenail fungus?

PACT® is a photodynamic antimicrobial therapy that uses light to eliminate microorganisms. In addition, it is effective, safe and affordable. Additionally, it has many many benefits over conventional toenail fungus treatment methods.

Most topical treatments require committed daily application and offer poor results. Additionally, Oral tablets have a good success rate, but they carry the risk of severe side effects such as liver damage. Additionally, Laser treatment for toenail fungus can be effective, but it is prohibitively expensive for many patients.

PACT is a painless, light-based treatment that overcomes these issues. Additionally, The earlier that treatment starts, the quicker it can be resolved. Therefore, It is strongly advised to start treatment well before the infection enters the growth plate of the nail.

Finally, contact your podiatrist for more information, or read more here.

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SAY GOODBYE TO FUNGUS

With the help of your podiatrist, toenail fungus can be dealt with. Additionally, speak to the foot specialists at Cheltenham Podiatry today.

In order to make an appointment with a podiatrist, book online now. Or you can give us a call on 03 9583 3093. In addition, you can contact us by using the contact form below.

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Person with toenail fungus getting PACT therapy