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Fungal Nail – Common Infection & Treatment Solutions in Singapore


Fungal and bacterial skin infections thrive due to Singapore’s warm, humid and often wet environments, You may experience dry, itchy, burning skin with inflammation and blisters. You may have no symptoms or see your skin changing in appearance. Fungal skin can spread to your nails, other parts of your body or lead to further infections.

 

Many fungal skin infections exist and many conditions mimic fungal infections i.e. dermatitis, wetness, allergic reaction, irritation ect. You should see a Podiatrist for assessment, treatment and advice if the problem is not resolving. If the podiatrist determines the problem is not fungal or can not be managed they may suggest you see a dermatologist for further investigations.

 

Fungal cells, unlike human cells possess a cell wall. This cell wall is stained with a special photosensitizing gel-dye that is harmless to human cells but selectively makes fungi sensitive to a specific wavelength of light and means the bacteria and nail fungus is destroyed.

Living in Singapore we often see fungus thriving due to the moist and heated environment. It is difficult to avoid contact with microscopic organisms such as fungi especially when we walk barefoot or have contributing factors such as excessive perspiration.

 

Nail infections are often missed or ignored as they take many years to present without causing any pain or impact on a persons’ health.

 

Fungus takes hold under the nail surface causing dis-colouration and sometimes a foul odour. Thickening of the nails with underlying debris and white markings on the nail occur and can spread easily to other nails and even the skin. The nails can become hard, brittle and sometimes crumbling causing feelings of embarrassment for patients.

 

If the fungal nail is ignored, the thickening nails become difficult to trim and maintain. Walking may become painful and you may have to avoid footwear that presses on the nails. Patients with chronic diseases, circulatory problems or immune-deficiency conditions are more prone to fungal nails.

 

The medical term for fungal nails is onychomycosis, left untreated it can lead to further yeast and bacterial infections of the nails.

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What can the podiatrist do for me?

  • If you suspect fungal nails, please come see us for reassurance, advice and treatment if needed.
  • Fungal nail is often evident on visual assessment, the podiatrist can help to assess your nail and advise on the best course of treatment with regards to treating the nail with medications or simply conservative treatments by yourself of the podiatrist.
  • On site we stock some fungal nail preparations but these are not suitable for all patients and you will be advised accordingly.

PACT Therapy

We use Photodynamic light therapy as a great way to treat toenail fungus problems, this painless and effective method is only most effective if done with proper Podiatric skilled debridement, filling and treatment techniques.

 

Keen knowledge of medical conditions and the foot anatomy is important to treating any medical conditions and the same is for such a condition. There could be underlying problems that needs to be identified by a clinical professional, it may be more complex than just simple fungal infection.

When to see a Podiatrist?

We operate several clinical locations in Singapore for ease of accessibility,  you may consult with us to find out more about non-surgical treatment options and PACT therapy for fungal nail conditions.

 

 

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