What is nail fungus?

Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a prevalent infection in Singapore, that affects the fingernails and toenails.

It typically starts as a discolored spot beneath the nail tip, gradually causing the nail to thicken, crumble, and alter in color. While athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) targets the skin between the toes and the feet, it can contribute to fungal nail infections.


Treatment Approaches for Nail Fungus:

There are various methods to address nail fungus, each with its own advantages and considerations:

  • Manual Debridement by a Podiatrist: A healthcare professional can physically remove infected nail tissue during an in-office procedure.


  • Topical Antifungal Medications: Creams and ointments containing antifungal properties can be applied directly to the affected nail.


  • Oral Antifungal Medications: In some cases, your doctor may prescribe antifungal medication taken orally for a specific period.


  • Light Therapy: This treatment utilises specific wavelengths of light to target and potentially eliminate the fungus.


  • Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy (PDT): PDT combines a photosensitising medication with light exposure to destroy fungal cells.


  • Laser Therapy: This approach employs cold laser technology to heat the infected nail layers, aiming to disrupt the fungus’s growth and survival mechanisms.


Laser Therapy: A Promising Option


Laser therapy has emerged as a potentially effective solution for nail fungus. Studies suggest that it offers a success rate of up to 90% with multiple sessions, compared to around 50% effectiveness for some conventional prescription medications. The treatment is known for being:

1. Safe and Efficient

Laser therapy is generally considered a safe procedure with a high success rate.

2. Pain-Free

The cold laser technology minimises discomfort during the treatment.

3. Quick & Convenient

Each treatment session typically takes approximately 3 minutes on each toe.

4. Favourable Alternative

Laser therapy can be a suitable alternative to potentially harsh oral medications for some individuals.

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Seeking Professional Guidance

If you suspect you have nail fungus, consulting a podiatrist is crucial. They can accurately diagnose the condition, determine the most appropriate treatment approach based on your specific case, and address any questions or concerns you may have.


Please remember that this blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your doctor or a qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or making any decisions regarding your foot health.