Nail fungus is very common and occurs more frequently with age. Recent statistics show, at least 5% of people suffer from nail fungus infection.
No one wants embarrassing toenails, right? We totally understand.
If left untreated, toenail fungus can spread to the other toenails making treatment much longer and more expensive. Sometimes the effects are irreversible!
Nearly 2 million Australians have toenail fungus, and the numbers are growing. That makes it even more important to do something about it NOW!
The longer you leave it, the longer it takes to treat and the more expensive it becomes to achieve healthy toenails. That’s why we have developed the
“ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FIXING TOENAIL FUNGUS”
Use a Topical Toenail Lacquer
Getting rid of a toenail fungal infection can be very difficult because it can be resistant to some treatments, and many treatments can take several months to take effect. Prevention is always better than a cure and treatment is important because once the fungal infection gets into the nail bed, it becomes much more difficult to treat.
If the infection is superficial or less than half the toenail is affected, for the best result a topical (surface) treatment should be used in conjunction with other treatments such as ‘light therapy’ or ‘laser therapy’. However, some topical treatments don’t penetrate the toenail sufficiently to treat the infection and their success rates are low, so you should seek professional advice before beginning. Application is generally once per day and treatment should continue until the new, healthy nail re-grows (which can be up to 18 months).
Toenail fungus thrives in a warm, dark and moist environment, such as shoes, socks and hosiery.
Change your sock daily or whenever they get excessively sweaty. You should also spray your shoes with an antibacterial spray, such as Tea-tree oil, especially if you’ve worn them without socks.
Sprinkle an antifungal powder inside your socks and shoes before wearing them to help prevent the growth and spread of fungal spores.
Wash your feet daily, making sure to thoroughly dry them afterward, especially between the toes where moisture can get trapped. Spraying tea tree oil between the toes is also a good idea. This is particularly important in warm weather when your feet sweat more.
Wash hosiery and socks in warm water and use an antifungal wash powder added to your wash cycle (Canesten Antifungal Wash is available at Supermarkets).
Scrub your shower and disinfect it with a bleach-based cleanser regularly.
Review Your Shoes
Wear properly fitted shoes. Your feet may increase in size as you get older so we recommend having your feet measured properly every time you buy new shoes. They need be measured for length, width and depth in order to prevent trauma on the nail from the shoe not fitting properly.
Choose breathable footwear. The more air that’s able to circulate around your feet, the drier and less susceptible to toenail fungus they’ll be. Your best bet is to go with shoes made of a breathable material like leather or canvas.
Alternate your shoes. Putting on shoes that are still damp from yesterday’s sweaty workout will only increase your risk of a fungal toenail infection, so invest in a few good pairs and rotate them. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Allow them to air out between wearings and make sure they’re placed out in the open where they can dry thoroughly.
Cut your toenails with properly sanitized nail scissors or clippers and make sure to cut them straight across. Cutting down the sides will increase your chances of developing a fungal toenail infection, not to mention an ingrown toenail! Instead, use a nail file to gently file any sharp edges.
Never share nail clippers, files or nail polish as this is a very likely cause of transferring fungal toenail infections from one person to another.
Avoid going barefoot in public areas. Locker rooms, public pools, showers, and similar areas are loaded with fungi just waiting to get to your toes. Always wear thongs, sandals, or shower shoes in a warm, moist environment.
Only Safe Pedicures!
High-traffic salons can be a hotbed for fungus. Before trying a salon, ask them how they prevent the spread of toenail fungus. Hopefully they open up a new set of tools for every customer, and also line their pedicure tubs with a new plastic protector each time. Also, don’t be afraid to enquire about their latest health inspection certificate. We recommend taking your own nail polish and if you see polishes on the shelves that have separated in the bottle, you know those haven’t been opened in a long time and so could be harbouring bacteria.
An alternative is to seek a Podiatrist for a ‘medical pedicure” for a more sterile application technique
Your cuticle is the last line of defence against fungus and bacteria entering through the nail bed. So when you snip it away, you leave yourself susceptible to bacterial infections, fungal infections and seriously painful ingrown toenails.
Just don’t do it.
P . A . C . T (Photodynamic Therapy)
What is PACT?
PACT is an abbreviation and a scientific term that stands for Photodynamic Anti-microbial Therapy. With this method, bacteria, viruses and fungus can be killed effectively on skin surfaces and nails safely, effectively and without pain.
How does it work?
Upon application of the PACT Fungal Nail Gel, the dye selectively targets the fungal cell walls, making them sensitive to light.
The fungal cells are then destroyed upon exposure to LED light of a specific frequency and wavelength. This results in a chemical reaction that kills the targeted cells without harming healthy tissue.