What is Nail Fungus?

Nails infected with fungus
Nail Fungus Symptoms

Nail fungus is a contagious, fungal infection that can affect fingernails and/or toenails. The infections occur more often in toenails because the mold spores that cause the infection thrive in dark, moist environments (such as shoes). It tends to affect men slightly more frequently than women. And it also affects older people and diabetics more often than others because of poor circulation and the inability to effectively fight off infection.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of nail fungus – fingernail and toenail – may begin as a small yellow or white spot that spreads. The discoloration of the nail occurs as the infection gets worse. There is potential discomfort or pain as the infection continues to spread. The nail may also become brittle causing a ragged nail edge thus making it more susceptible to damage and in some cases, the nail may become completely separated from the nail bed. Read more about symptoms of nail fungus.

What are the causes?

Because the mold that causes nail fungus infections is contagious, it can be caught by either coming into direct contact with something that was used by an infected person – sharing socks, shoes, or towels, for instance – or by exposing your hands or feet to environments which may have become contaminated by people with nail infections, like public pools, gyms, and saunas. Not sharing footwear, using your own towels, and keeping your feet protected by wearing at least sandals or flip-flops wherever possible in public environments, will help reduce your chances of becoming infected.

What are the treatments?


Dr. Stuart Mogul from Manhattan, NY is featured on Fox News using the PinPointe FootLaser.

While a number of nail fungus treatments are available, only one offers long-term clinical data and proven efficacy that prevents it from posing a potential risk to patients. The PinPointe(TM) FootLaser(TM) treatment available at Clear Nail is designed specifically to deal with the major symptoms of nail fungus. The laser light heats and thus kills the fungal organisms under the nail and surrounding skin. Typically, a single 45-minute session is all that’s needed to treat infected nails. Learn more about how we treat nail fungus with PinPointe FootLaser – the first Health Canada-approved laser treatment.

What are the risks and complications?

Using untested or unreliable treatments for nail fungus may not resolve the problem. While these methods fail to kill the fungus, the infection has more time to spread, deepen, and become more severe in the affected nails. Worse still, it may spread to other nails or infect other people. Your best option for immediate results is to make an appointment with the trained professionals using the clinically proven methods offered at Clear Nail.

How to prepare for appointment.

Nail fungus treatment with PinPointe FootLaser
Moe Zoladek D.P.M., head of the Clear Nail Laser Centres.

If you think you might have nail fungus at any stage, contact Clear Nail to arrange a no-obligation appointment at your nearest location (including offices in Downtown Toronto, North York, Etobicoke, Oakville, and Hamilton). Be ready to explain a brief history of the infection (or suspected infection) and any other symptoms or health issues.

Call 1-855-NO-FUNGS (1-855-663-8647) today or contact us online HERE.