Fungal Nail Infection
Fungal nail infections, otherwise known as onychomycosis, are something we see daily in our clinics. They range in appearance from small yellow or white marks on an otherwise healthy-looking nail to a completely thickened, crumbly and yellow nail.
There are a number of causes of fungal nail infections including damage to the nail allowing the fungus to enter, a recent fungal skin infection such as Athlete’s Foot, and walking barefoot in damp areas like:
- Public pools
- Gym or workout facilities
- showers/ saunas
Conditions such as a weakened immune system, diabetes mellitus, and poor circulation are common risk factors for fungal nail infections. People who often wear closed in shoes and/or work in humid or moist environments are also at risk.
Diagnosis of a fungal nail infection can be made by our podiatrists who will perform a thorough examination or refer you for a nail scraping.
Treatment for a fungal nail infection consists of regular reduction of the thickened nail by your podiatrist and either topical or oral antifungals. If the infection penetrates beyond the top layer of the nail, topical treatments can often fail. Regular reduction of the thickened nail by our podiatrists will allow any topical treatments to be applied directly to the infected nail portion. Because nails (and toenails in particular) tend to grow quite slowly, treatment often takes up to one year.
Are you showing signs of fungal nail infection? or do you have fungal nail infection for a period of time?
Call us today and see one our podiatrists !!