Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a widespread condition. It can appear as:
- Thickened or distorted nails
- Brittle, crumbly, or ragged nails
- Dull, discolored nails
- Dark nails caused by debris building up under the plate
- Nails with yellow streaks under the plate
- Nails with white spots or streaks on the plate
What is Nail Fungus?
Toenail fungus can look like golden-yellow blobs scattered about, similar to moldy bread! As the infection spreads deeper into your nails, it may cause discoloration and thickening, eventually leading them to crumble away in parts.
Toenail fungus often appears quite random. It can affect only one or two nails, or all the toenails – on one foot or both. Nail fungus is also called onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis). Toenail fungus is more than a cosmetic issue and should be treated as soon as it’s noticed. There are several available treatments for toenail fungus, from over-the-counter to prescription topical or even oral medications. Please note that oral medications for toenail fungus can be very hard on a person’s liver. Anyone taking this medication should be under strict medical observation before, during, and after treatment. Blood tests for liver function should be carried out before, during, and after treatment.
What’s Athlete’s Foot?
Athlete foot (tinea pedis) refers to fungal infection of the areas between your toes and feet. Athlete’s foot can be itchy peeling and patchy skin, and most often starts between the 4th and 5th toes. This often develops due to the feet remaining in a warm, damp environment, such as sweaty socks or not drying well after feet are wet.
Nail Fungus Treatment in St. Catharines
At our foot care clinic, we use Photodynamic Therapy to treat toenail fungus. This treatment utilizes a combination of methylene blue (a special blue dye) and the Genesis Health Light, an effective Low-Level Light Therapy device that produces a broad spectrum of near-infrared light, filtered through a patented water-based filter. This technique is proven to be very effective, completely safe, and very cost-effective for treating toenail fungus.
This treatment is safe, non-invasive, and fast! It only lasts about 4-5min per toe and usually takes 3-6 treatments, with visible results in as few as three. More may be needed to provide better treatment coverage. When combined with daily topical anti-fungal treatment, this can be a very effective treatment. Remember, it is important to clean shoes, shower, and sheets when treating toenails to prevent re-infection. Products are available at the clinic!
Please note that this treatment may not be for everyone, including those who may be pregnant, have immunosuppression, or are immunocompromised. Clearance from your physician may be required before initiating this treatment.