Advanced Podiatry

Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry

Fungal Nail Treatment Albany

Podiatry
Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, 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, and they can be quite persistent if left untreated.

Podiatry

factors that may increase the risk of developing a fungal nail infection:

Fungal nail infections can infect a wide range of individuals. However, there are certain factors that may increase the risk of developing a fungal nail infection:

Age

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.

Gender

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

Weakened Immune System

Individuals with weakened immune systems, such as those with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or certain autoimmune conditions, are more susceptible to fungal infections, including 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, can create an environment where fungi thrive.

Public Spaces

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

Poor Circulation

Conditions that affect blood circulation, such as peripheral arterial disease, can 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.

Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry

Common Symptoms

It’s important to note that anyone can develop a fungal nail infection, but these risk factors can 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:
Albany fungal nail treatment

Discolouration

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

toenail fungus treatment Albany

Thickening

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

Albany toenail fungus treatment

Crumbling and distortion

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

fungal nail Albany

Separation

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

Albany fungal nail

Foul smell

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

Fungal nail infections are more likely to occur in individuals with weakened immune systems, poor circulation, diabetes, or a history of athlete′s foot (a fungal infection of the skin). Additionally, factors like frequent exposure to moisture, wearing tight or non-breathable shoes, and using communal swimming pools or locker rooms can increase the risk of developing fungal nail infections.
Advanced Podiatry

Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry

How can Advanced Podiatry help?

Preventing fungal nail infections involves practicing good foot and hand hygiene, keeping nails trimmed and clean, wearing well-fitting shoes made of breathable materials, avoiding prolonged exposure to moisture, and using antifungal sprays or powders when necessary.

Treatment for fungal nail infections can be challenging and may include laser therapy, topical antifungal medications, oral antifungal drugs, or a combination of all. Advanced Podiatry uses the latest fungal nail laser, the Erchonia® Lunula Laser to treat the condition. 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. 

Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry

Fungal Nail Laser Treatment

The Erchonia® Lunula Laser is a medical device used for the treatment of fungal toenail infections, also known as onychomycosis. The laser system is manufactured by Erchonia Corporation, a company specialising in low-level laser therapy (LLLT) technology which is available locally at Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry.

Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry

The Lunula Laser

The Lunula Laser is a non-invasive and painless 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. The procedure is generally painless, and patients 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. 

fungal nail laser treatment Albany
Albany podiatrist

Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry

Effective Treatment Plan

It′s important to note that while studies have shown promising results in improving the appearance of fungal toenails and reducing infection, the effectiveness of the Lunula Laser can 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 and effective treatment plan for your specific case of fungal toenail infection. They can evaluate the severity of the infection and recommend the best course of action based on your individual needs and medical history. 

Advanced Family & Sports Podiatry

Get In Touch With Our Friendly Team

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.
Scroll to Top
Book Online Call Now