Many people have early signs of fungal toenails (onychomycosis) without even knowing it. Toenail fungus is caused by a group of fungi called dermophytes. Toenails may become thickened, brittle and deformed. Toenails may also be discoloured, looking yellowish or brownish. Toenails may even fall off.
Fungus lives and thrives in warm, moist areas. This is why it is easy to pick up nail fungus from public showers, locker rooms and swimming pools.
While anyone can have foot (athlete foot) and toenail fungus, those most at risk have underlying health conditions. This include diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, other circulation issues, people who have compromised immune systems and the elderly population
Fungal toenails is an issue that can be difficult to treat. Treatment requires compliance of the patient, and may last over weeks to months. This includes some treatments in clinic and consistent self-care at home.
Your assessment with our Oakville Chiropodist includes a health history, what medications you are taking and what previous treatments you have tried. To best treat you, your Chiropodist (foot specialist) needs to understand the history of the issue and other factors that will influence how they progress with fungal toenail treatment.
Treatment for fungal toenails by a Chiropodist may include oral medications or topical treatments. This will depend on their discussion with you and what was disclosed in your health history. It is advised to avoid home remedies before consulting with a Registered Chiropodist as you do not know whether you may be doing more harm than good.