Fungal Nails

What is a fungal nail infection?

Fungal infections commonly affect the nails and skin. Fungal nail infections (also known as onychomycosis) are a common condition of the nails and often cause thickening, discolouration, splitting or crumbling of the nail plate. A fungal nail infection is caused by a build-up of fungi (microorganisms) that infect your nails. Sometimes the nail changes shape and there can be a build-up of dead skin under the nail plate. You might first notice it as a small spot or odd looking colour on the top of your nail.

What are the risk factors for developing a fungal nail infection?

  • Trauma to the nail 
  • Using public showers or swimming pools 
  • Poor circulation 
  • Poor hygiene 
  • Not drying off your feet properly after a shower
  • Warm and moist footwear
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Weak immune system (e.g. HIV, Cancer or diabetes)

How do we treat a fungal nail infections?

Nail infections are known to be difficult to treat. At Hills District Podiatry we will often reduce the thickness of the nail and recommend the use of a topical nail treatment. There are many different types of treatments commercially available, making the decision for the consumer quite difficult. At Hills District Podiatry we will take the time to assess and find the best one to suit you.

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