What are fungal nail infections?
Fungal nail infections are very common in adults. The affected nail can look yellow, green or brown but does not always cause discomfort. The nail may appear thickened and can be brittle or crumbly.
Occasionally the nail can crumble away completely from the nail bed. Fungal nail infections are usually caused by athlete’s foot or fungal skin infections. Around 30% of people with skin infections have Fungal nail infections in the toe nails.
What should I do if I think I have a fungal nail infection?
It is important to have your nails checked by a HcPC Podiatrist or Chiropodist. Fungal nail infections are very common but are very difficult to treat. The earlier you see athletes foot or fungal nail infections, the better the outcome. They can be mistaken for traumatic thickened nails, in-growing toe nails and other nail pathologies. Our podiatrists at south west podiatry clinic are fully trained to identify whether you have a fungal nail infection or more serious nail problems such as systemic conditions like diabetes, psoriasis or heart conditions.
How can our team help you?
It is important to diagnose your problem and be reviewed by a HcPC registered Podiatrist or Chiropodist. During your initial consultation your podiatrist will assess your feet and discuss your treatment options. Fungal nail infections can be treated with topical agents which you apply to the nail or anti-fungal tablets for an extended period of time which are prescribed to you. Conservative management can consist of regular debridement of the fungal nail and weekly application of Lamasil spray or Loceryl. For chronic fungal nail infections your podiatrist may suggest a short course of oral anti-fungal medication, anti-fungal creams, and either frequently reducing the nails or drilling holes into the nails to apply anti-fungal medication into the nail plate.