Toenail Fungus Laser

Nail Fungus is an unsightly condition where fungus infects the toe nail plate and progressively over time discolours and destroys the toe nail. Currently we see an enormous amount of these infections as a result of visits to nail salons which use no form of sterilisation resulting in the cross contamination of clients. Nail fungus is inherently difficult to get rid of as the organism causing the infection is extremely resilient to treatment. There are a number of topical paints on the market, however we have found these to be of little use. Topical medications can be used to destroy the fungus at the nail cells we find that this will give cure rates in the order of 40% but one must be comfortable with the side effects caused by this medication.

Fungus in a Toenail

Toenail Fungus

Fungus that is spreading

Fungus of a Toe Nail

Fungus In Big Toe Nail

Toe nail Fungal infection

Toe nail Fungus



Terbinafine – a question of taste

Terbinafine (Lamisil) is a new antifungal drug with activity against infections due to dermatophytes (e.g. “ringworm”) and Candida albicans. It was first marketed in Australia in late 1993 and since that time ADRAC has received 168 reports documenting a total of 323 suspected adverse reactions to terbinafine, and these are grouped in the figure below. ADRAC is concerned by the number and nature of these reports, considering that the drug is often used for minor conditions and for a prolonged period.

There are two prominent groups of adverse reactions. Those reactions involving the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) (87 reports) include nausea (14 cases), abdominal pain (8), mouth ulceration (5), and in particular, taste perversion or loss which is described in 29 reports. In many of these cases, the taste disturbance had not recovered at the time the report was submitted (21 cases). Reports involving the skin (106 reactions) include many eruptions suggestive of hypersensitivity or photosensitivity: the reactions described include a variety of rashes, urticaria, erythema multiforme and eczema.

Other serious adverse drug reactions including blood dyscrasias (especially affecting white cells) have been the subject of concern in some other countries, and to date ADRAC has received 2 reports describing suspected neutropenia (both recovered) and 1 case of agranulocytosis (not recovered at the time of the report). Finally, there are 11 adverse hepatic reactions involving 5 reports of abnormal hepatic function, 4 reports of jaundice and 2 reports of hepatitis. While all the above reactions are mentioned in the product information, the potentially wide usage of terbinafine has prompted this early overview in order to encourage careful prescribing and close monitoring of its adverse effects.

Toenail Fungus Laser in Melbourne

At Brighton Podiatry we use laser as an antifungal treatment the results are outstanding. Brighton Podiatry was the first Podiatrist to adopt this toenail fungus laser technology in Melbourne and we are only one of a few Podiatrists world wide who have used 4 different laser systems in the treatment of nail fungus. We know what will give patients the best results and we always strive for the best result for all our patients. If you suffer from toe nail fungus give the clinic a call and schedule an appointment.

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