Toe nail fungus is a very common disorder affecting approximately 10% of the population and up to 30% of the population once the age is over 50.
A toe nail fungus may first appear as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. As the toe nail fungus spreads deeper in to the nail the nail will discolour, thicken and develop crumbling edges. Nails infected with fungus are unsightly and potentially painful.
Nail fungus is also known as Onchomycosis. The time to see a doctor for toe nail fungus is when you first see a white or yellow spot under the nail as the fungus can spread and persist indefinitely if left untreated.
Toe nail fungus can occur from environmental conditions such as working in humid or moist environments, wearing socks and shoes that do not absorb perspiration, walking bare feet in damp public places such as gyms, having athletes foot and infection from nail salons using unsterilized instruments.
Toe nail fungus can be painful and cause permanent damage to your nails and may lead other serious infections that can spread beyond your feet if you have diabetes or other medical conditions.
Toe nail fungus is difficult to treat and many over the counter remedies are available but are not effective. Oral antifungal medications such as terbinafine ( Lamisil) are used and can be somewhat effective but do pose side effects and require regular blood tests to monitor your liver. These medications take 6 to 12 weeks and may take even longer to see results.
Today you can use lasers to treat toe nail fungus with great success. There are no side effects with the laser and the rare of clearing the fungus can be as high as 90% for mild infections and upto 75% with moderate cases. Several treatments may be required to get more clearing of the nail fungus.
The toe nail fungus treatment takes only 30 minutes but may take several months before the infection clears.
At BC Laser and SkinCare Clinic we provide toe nail fungus treatments for people from all over the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area. To book your appointment with Dr Shah today call 604 580 2464 and start your path to clear fungus free nails.