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Fungal Nail Infections: Understanding Treatment Options

Welcome to our podiatry clinic's informational webpage dedicated to fungal nail infections and their treatment. Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition. However, there are effective treatment options available to help you regain healthy, clear nails and alleviate any discomfort or embarrassment.

Our Approach to Fungal Nail Treatment: At The Functional Podiatrist, we take a evidenced based approach to treating fungal nail infections, focusing on both short-term relief and long-term solutions. Our treatment plan typically involves a combination of the following methods, tailored to your specific circumstances:

  1. Debridement:

    • Debridement is a key component of our fungal nail treatment strategy. This process involves the careful removal of the infected nail material using specialized instruments. By reducing the thickness of the affected nail, we can facilitate the penetration of topical antifungal medications and improve the overall appearance of the nail.

  2. Topical Antifungal Treatment:

    • We often prescribe topical antifungal medications that are specifically designed to target the fungal infection at the source. These medications come in various forms, such as creams, gels, or nail lacquers. Consistent application as directed is essential for success.

  3. Nail Removal and Regrowth:

    • In severe cases where the infection has caused significant damage to the nail or has not responded to other treatments, partial or complete nail removal may be considered. This procedure allows for the application of topical medications directly to the nail bed and promotes healthy nail regrowth.

  4. Referral for Prescription Tablets:

    • In some instances, especially when the infection is advanced or recurrent, referral to a medical doctor for prescription oral antifungal medications may be necessary. These tablets can effectively address the infection from the inside out and are typically reserved for more stubborn cases.

  5.  Nail Laser (NOT OFFERED AT OUR CLINIC):

    • ​We prioritise treatments with strong scientific support and proven efficacy. Currently, the evidence for using nail laser therapy in the treatment of fungal nail infections is inconclusive. Therefore, we do not routinely recommend this method, instead focusing on well-established treatments that offer our patients the best chances of success and satisfaction.

Understanding Your Circumstances: The choice of treatment method depends on the severity of your fungal nail infection, your overall health, and your individual preferences. During your initial consultation, our experienced podiatrist will assess your condition, discuss treatment options, and collaborate with you to create a personalized treatment plan.

Follow-up and Maintenance: Treating fungal nail infections requires patience and persistence. It's essential to follow your treatment plan consistently and attend scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor progress. Additionally, practicing good foot hygiene and wearing breathable footwear can help prevent future fungal nail infections.

Don't let fungal nail infections impact your confidence or comfort any longer. At [Your Clinic Name], our dedicated podiatry team is committed to helping you achieve healthier, clearer nails. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards restoring your nail health. We look forward to assisting you on your journey to beautiful, fungus-free nails.

Disclaimer: This webpage is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult a qualified podiatrist or healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

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