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Fungal Nail Treatment

Fungal nail infections (Onychomycosis) are most commonly caused by fungi called dermatophytes.


The infection may cause thickening, discolouration and/or breakdown of part or all of the toenail.

Certain medical conditions can increase your risk of Onychomycosis as can environmental conditions and trauma.  

Onychomycosis does not have any serious consequences in otherwise healthy people however the thickened, discoloured nails may cause pain with activity, increase your risk of bacterial infection and psychosocial effects.  

Aims Of Treatment 

The aim of treatments is to kill or remove the fungus from the toenail and allow a healthy nail to regrow. There is a possibility of permanent damage to the nail growth point if the fungal nail infection has been present for a long time or is particularly severe.  

Treatment of Fungal Nail Infections  

4 options currently exist for the management of fungal nail infections:

1. Do nothing

Your nail will continue to deteriorate and the infection will spread.  

2. Nail Paints

Topical agents can be effective in the treatment for Onychomycosis if used as recommended and for a long enough time. Different topical agents work differently on different people. I recommend and use EMTRIX Nail treatment as a first-line treatment for fungal nail infections.

3. Tablets

There is good evidence to suggest some tablets are beneficial. Cure rates from 38-68% have been reported with terbinafine (Lamisil ®).  This treatment has been associated with a range of potentially serious side effects including liver failure and sensory loss.

4. Light Therapy

Complete Podiatry’s PactMED Fungal Nail Treatment System can be used in the management of Onychomycosis. Cure rates from 77-87% have been reported with these systems.

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How Can I Prevent Fungal Nail Infections After Treatment?

Here are our top tips to prevent a fungal infection of the nail reoccurring after treatment...

  1. Use a topical anti-fungal solution applied daily after the treatment
  2. Regularly rotate your shoes for drying and aeration
  3. Treat your shoes with an antifungal prior to the commencement of treatment and regularly after its completion.  A UV light sanitizer can be used as an alternative to treat the shoes
  4. Wash hosiery in hot water and apply an antifungal solution to the washing cycle
  5. Wear thongs in public showers and swimming centers
  6. The use of hosiery/socks containing silver can also minimise re-infection
  7. Disinfect shower floor
  8. Minimise microtrauma to the nails (which makes the nails more susceptible to infection) by ensuring correct shoe fit
  9. Avoid sharing nail clippers and files

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