Medical Aesthetics & Wellness
This condition can be treated with the following procedures:
The nails are thickened, brittle, crumbly, ragged, and distorted in shape. They are dull and lack luster and may have a dark color because of accumulation of debris. Traditionally, nail fungus treatments involve the use of oral medication such as Lamisil and/or Sporanox. The success rate with these medications is about 40-50%, however they can result in a high liver stress. There is about 8-10% success rate with the use of daily nail lacquers. Laser therapy is becoming the accepted standard of care, and was recently approved by Health Canada for the treatment of toenail fungus. The thermal effect of the laser denatures the fungal proteins in the nail resulting in a clearing of the nail in a significant number of patients. With this laser we are also able to treat plantar or foot warts with great success.
Proper foot care is an important part of the process when it comes to treating toenail fungus. It is imperative to keep your footwear clean and fungus free. That is how you avoid cross contamination from shoe to foot and vice versa. We encourage the use of an antifungal foot powder or spray as well as the use of a shoe sterilizer to use in your shoes. This shoe sterilizer uses ultra violet light that helps destroy the fungus in your shoes and avoid transmission back to your feet.
The procedure is not painful and requires no downtime. Multiple treatments are usually required, and vary on a patient-by-patient basis.
What is Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis, or nail fungus, is an infection of the nail bed. Its onset is slow and often asymptomatic. It is most common in toenails although it can also affect the fingernails. Toenail fungus is often associated with athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).
The offenders of onychomycosis are a group of fungi that live off of the keratin in the nail. They like to live in moist environments such as showers and swimming pools.Onychomycosis is also commonly associated with increasing age. It is more common in males than in women. The large toe is most often affected. Risk factors include diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, poor foot hygiene and nail trauma.