What is a Fungal Toenail?
Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails.
Symptoms of Fungal Toenail
- Thickened nail
- Whitish to yellow-brown discoloration
- Distorted nail shape
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged
- Smelling slightly foul
- Dark Color caused by debris building up under your nail
- Crumbling of the outside edges of the nail
- Loosening or lifting up of the nail
Causes of Fungal Toenail
- Skin or nail injuries, also conditions, such as psoriasis
- Walking barefoot in damp communal areas
- Blood Circulation Problems, diabetes or a weakened immune system
- Moist Skin, common in feet that perspire a-lot
- Not Sterilised Utensils, sharing others’ pedicure tools
- Poorly Fitted Shoes, Wearing poorly fitting shoes
When to see a podiatrist?
You may want to see a podiatrist if self-care steps haven’t helped and the nail becomes increasingly discolored, thickened or deformed. Also check with a podiatrist if you have diabetes and think you are developing nail fungus.
Treatments for Fungal Toenail
- Anti fungal creams: Your podiatrist may prescribe an antifungal cream, which you rub into your infected nails after soaking. These creams may work better if you first thin the nails. This helps the medication get through the hard nail surface to the underlying fungus. Buy online.
- Lacuna fungal nail treatment: This involves thinning out the nail and creating little holes. The holes create a route of entry to the fungus. We then get you to apply anti fungal creams or topications daily to kill off the fungus.After using other methods including laser, light therapy, tablets and more, this method seems to be the most effective.
Is Fungal Toenail Treatment covered by Private Health Insurances?
Call us to find out whether your fungal toenail treatment is covered by your private health care provider. There are a few things to consider with your private health fund such as your level of cover, your policy waiting periods, annual limits and fund rules. It is important to know what you are up for prior to your visits to avoid unwanted, expensive surprises.