Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal Nail Infection Treatment at The DOC Clinic Melbourne

The DOC Clinic offers laser fungal treatment in Melbourne for patients suffering from this unpleasant condition. Dr Omarjee is available for a scheduled consultation to assess your nail appearance and advise you on the best laser nail fungal treatment, its cost, and any expected side effects. Dr Omarjee will also ensure that all of your questions are answered so you can make an informed decision on an effective treatment for your situation.

Though it’s often only a cosmetic concern, a fungal nail infection can be difficult to get rid of and can cause pain or abnormality in the affected area over time. Dr Omarjee and his team of professionals can offer a variety of alternatives that can assist without risks to your health, making it possible to get rid of the infection once and for all.

How Much Does Treatment Cost?

In regard to all pricing and options, Dr Omarjee or your laser practitioner is available to discuss more with you during your first consultation. To learn more or schedule a consultation for laser fungal treatment in Melbourne, contact Dr Omarjee and his team of professionals on 03 9021 6022 or email our Hoppers Crossing clinic (situated close to Point Cook and Werribee).

Please note that Medicare rebates are not available in the case of laser treatment for fungal nails.

What Causes A Fungal Nail Infection?

A fungal nail infection occurs due to a fungi overgrowth in, on or under a nail. These fungi are often the same variety that lead to athlete’s foot, jock itch and ringworm, and they are often contagious.

The infection can be inherited, and it is more likely to occur in those over 65, those with diabetes, and those with another disease that affects blood circulation. It can also be triggered by a variety of environmental factors, including:

  • Wearing artificial nails
  • An injury on or around the nail
  • Having moist fingers or toes for a long time (for example, wearing wet shoes)
  • Swimming in a public pool
  • Wearing closed-toe shoes

How Can I Tell If I Have One?

A nail that is discoloured is an early sign of a fungal nail infection; however, nails can become thick and discoloured for multiple reasons other than a fungal infection. It is therefore difficult to diagnose until you see a doctor and have a sample of your nail examined in a laboratory.

Can I Prevent It?

Unfortunately, it’s often the case that about 25% of nails cleared of fungus will have fungus reoccur within 3 years or less following treatment. If the fungus is caught early enough and the first signs of itching have been addressed, then further infection can be prevented from spreading to the nail. The first sign of athlete’s foot is itchy and peeling skin, usually located between the toes. So, how can you prevent this from recurring over time?

  • Avoid nail injuries to prevent infections from spreading.
  • Wear protective footwear in shared bathing areas.
  • Always wear clean shoes and replace them often to prevent infection from festering in the material.
  • Wear breathable footwear and change your socks twice a day.

What Can I Expect On The Day Of The Fungal Nail Infection Treatment?

Dr Omarjee has extensive experience offering laser fungal treatment to Melbourne patients and will be able to advise you on the best possible options for you following an initial consultation.

Treatment options include:

  • Topical treatments (Loceryl)
  • Oral prescription medications (Lamisil)
  • Laser treatment (Nd: Yag-laser Genesis)

The laser targets the fungus that lives in and under the nail to help patients attain clearer, healthier-looking nails fast. Our laser treatment for fungal toenails and fingernails only takes about 30 minutes*.

Your laser therapist will file down the affected nails beforehand to enhance the laser’s penetration (debridement). During our laser treatment for fungal nails, clients will feel a slight warming sensation and some mild pinpricks as the light penetrates the nails. Your doctor or laser practitioner will apply the laser to the affected nails twice during the procedure and only once over healthy nails to prevent the spreading of fungus.

Following your laser fungal nail treatment, you can resume your usual daily activities. Nail polish must be removed from your nails before treatment, but can be worn after if you wish.

Before & after gallery

* Results will vary from person to person and with various degrees of efficacy.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?

Depending on the severity of fungal infections within the nails, two or more treatments may be recommended to successfully help rejuvenate the nail. Following your consultation, Dr Omarjee or your laser practitioner will be able to determine a plan for treatment.