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What are Fungal Nails?

If you've noticed that one or several of your nails have taken on a new hue that you didn't paint on, you may be dealing with a fungal nail infection. While this is a typically cosmetic concern, fungal nails may cause additional issues such as discomfort and pain, and the condition may be quite persistent if left untreated.
Also known as onyochomycosis, these are common fungal infections that affect the fingernails and toenails. They are caused by various types of fungi (dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds) that thrive in warm and moist environments. Fungal nail infections are more prevalent in toenails than in fingernails, but even if it's a nail that you or others rarely see, it's important to seek treatment to address the issue.

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What Causes Fungal Nail Infections?

These infections have the ability to occur in a wide range of individuals. However, there are certain factors that may increase the risk of developing a fungal nail infection, such as:


Fungal nail infections become more common as you age. Older adults are more susceptible due to slower nail growth, reduced blood circulation, and possibly a weaker immune system.


Men are more likely than women to develop fungal nail infections.

Weakened Immune System

People with weakened immune systems, such as people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or certain autoimmune conditions, are more likely to develop nail infections.

Athlete's Foot

People with athlete's foot (a fungal infection of the skin) are more likely to develop fungal nail infections, as the same fungi can infect both the skin and nails.

Excessive Moisture and Sweat

Prolonged exposure to moisture, such as from sweaty feet or wearing non-breathable shoes, tends to create an environment where fungi thrive.

Public Spaces

Regularly using public swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers increases the risk of exposure to fungi.

Poor Circulation

Conditions that affect blood circulation, such as peripheral arterial disease, may make it harder for the body to fight off infections.

Nail Trauma

Nails that have been damaged or injured are more susceptible to fungal infections.

Occupational Exposure

Certain occupations that involve prolonged exposure to water or chemicals may increase the risk of fungal nail infections.

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Fungal Nail Infection Symptoms

It’s important to note that anyone may develop a fungal nail infection, but these risk factors tend to increase the likelihood. The infection typically begins at the edge or the corner of the nail and gradually spreads to the entire nail. Some common symptoms of fungal nail infections include:

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The affected nail may turn yellow, white, brown, or even greenish with a build up underneath the nail plate.

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The nail may become thicker and more brittle than usual and splitting is common.

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Crumbling and distortion

The nail may become weaker and start to crumble or become misshapen.

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The affected nail may separate from the nail bed, resulting in a loose nail that can catch on clothing and bedding, often causing pain and discomfort.

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In some cases, the infection can produce a foul odour from a combination of fungal and bacterial infection.

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How Advanced Podiatry Aims to Get Your Nails Back on Track

At Advanced Podiatry, we recognise that prevention is key. Wherever possible, reducing your chances of developing a fungal nail infection is the simplest approach. However, if you do have a fungal nail infection, there are many ways we may be able to address it.

The treatment for fungal nail infections will vary from person to person depending on the severity of their condition and their treatment preferences. It may include laser therapy, topical antifungal medications, oral antifungal drugs, or a combination of all of these. In any case, it is essential to follow the treatment regimen consistently and have patience, as it may take several months for the nail to grow out completely without any signs of infection.

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Erchonia® Lunula Laser

Advanced Podiatry uses the latest fungal nail laser, the Erchonia® Lunula Laser, to address the condition. The laser system is a medical device manufactured by Erchonia Corporation, a company focused on low-level laser therapy (LLLT) technology which is available locally at Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry.

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The Lunula Laser

The Lunula Laser is a non-invasive treatment option for fungal toenails. It operates at a low-level laser intensity, which means it does not produce heat or cause damage to the surrounding tissues. The device emits two different laser wavelengths, 405 nm and 635 nm, which work together to target the fungus and promote a healthier nail.

The treatment with the Lunula Laser typically involves placing the affected foot inside the device for a designated period (usually about 12 minutes) while the laser light is applied to the toenails. Most people tolerate this procedure well, and can resume their regular activities immediately after the session.

The mechanism of how the Lunula Laser treats fungal toenail infections is via disrupting the metabolism and cell structure of the fungus and by increasing the blood flow to the toe, ultimately leading to its elimination. Additionally, the laser may stimulate the body′s immune response to help fight the fungal infection.

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Things To Consider

While studies have shown promising results in improving the appearance of fungal toenails and reducing infection, the effectiveness of the Lunula Laser may vary from person to person. For severe or stubborn cases of fungal nail infections, a combination of treatments, such as oral antifungal medications or topical antifungal solutions, may be necessary.
As with any medical treatment, it′s essential to consult with one of our podiatrists to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific case of fungal toenail infection. They will evaluate the severity of the infection and recommend the best course of action based on your individual needs and medical history.

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Why Advanced Podiatry?

Modern Treatment Options

We offer the latest treatment options aimed at returning your fungal nail to a healthy nail.

Conveniently Located

You can find us at 37/39 Pioneer Rd., Albany, ensuring you don't need to travel far from home.

Experienced Team

With years of experience behind us, we're committed to caring for all aspects of your foot health.

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Your Questions Answered

How long it takes for your fungal nails to grow out will depend on your individual circumstances, such as your medical history and the cause of the infection. It may take between four to six months for a fingernail, or 12 to 18 months for a toenail, but everybody’s nails grow at different rates so this may vary.

While it’s not always possible to completely eliminate the risk of a fungal nail infection, there are ways you may be able to reduce your chances. Preventing fungal nail infections involves practicing good foot and hand hygiene, keeping nails trimmed and clean, wearing well-fitting shoes made of breathable materials, and avoiding prolonged exposure to moisture. Ensure you change your socks daily, wear footwear in public pool areas and locker rooms, and keep your nails dry.

Fungal nail issues are typically more common than many people realise. These infections may affect up to 14% of the population.

Yes, fungal nail infections have the ability to spread to the skin if left untreated. As such, it’s important to see a podiatrist to ensure the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

If you suspect you have a fungal nail infection, don’t wait until it worsens to seek treatment! Make a booking to see a podiatrist as soon as possible for the best chance of a swift recovery.

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Tired of Fungal Nails?

These infections have the ability to occur in a wide range of individuals. However, there are certain factors that may increase the risk of developing a fungal nail infection, such as:

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Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry, located at 37/39 Pioneer Road, Albany, is a modern, well equipped and professionally managed podiatry practice servicing the Albany community.
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