Corns, Heels and Nails / Fungal Nails

Fungal nails are very common – in fact you find them in more than 10% of the population.

  • WHAT ARE FUNGAL NAILS?
    • Refers to a fungal infection within the nail plate or in the skin under the nail plate
    • Fungal nails are very common – in fact you find them in more than 10% of the population
    • Often fungal nails are only a cosmetic concern however they can become painful – particularly if it is a deep infection at the level of the skin
    • You may first notice the fungal nail as a discoloration under the tip of your nail
  • WHAT SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS CAN YOU EXPECT FROM FUNGAL NAILS?
    • Thickening or roughness of the nail
    • Loss of luster and shine
    • Brittleness/crumbling of the nail
    • debris trapped underneath the nail
    • distortion of nail shape
    • loosening and separation of the nail from its nail bed
    • pain and tenderness
    • odor
  • WHAT CAUSES A FUNGAL NAIL INFECTION?
    • Trauma to the nail
    • Poor hygiene
    • Excessive sweating of the feet
    • People with compromised immune systems – including diabetes
    • Poor peripheral circulation
    • Warm, moist environments – occlusive footwear
    • Wet working environments
    • Walking barefoot in public areas that are wet/damp – change rooms, swimming pools, showers
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST MANAGE FUNGAL NAILS?
    • Fungal nails can be difficult to treat and are prone to reoccur
    • They can also take a long time to resolve – approx. 12 months or longer
    • Podiatrists will be able to determine the right treatment path for you and provide additional advice on how to manage and prevent reoccurrence
    • Topical treatment
      • Natural or medicated
    • Oral medication
      • GP prescribed
      • 6-12 week course anti-fungal tablets
      • Should only be considered if topical treatments are not successful to avoid possible side effects
      • Podiatrist will be able to advise if this is necessary and a culture of the nail is often required before this medication can be prescribed
  • WHAT ARE FUNGAL NAILS?
    • Refers to a fungal infection within the nail plate or in the skin under the nail plate
    • Fungal nails are very common – in fact you find them in more than 10% of the population
    • Often fungal nails are only a cosmetic concern however they can become painful – particularly if it is a deep infection at the level of the skin
    • You may first notice the fungal nail as a discoloration under the tip of your nail
  • WHAT SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS CAN YOU EXPECT FROM FUNGAL NAILS?
    • Thickening or roughness of the nail
    • Loss of luster and shine
    • Brittleness/crumbling of the nail
    • debris trapped underneath the nail
    • distortion of nail shape
    • loosening and separation of the nail from its nail bed
    • pain and tenderness
    • odor
  • WHAT CAUSES A FUNGAL NAIL INFECTION?
    • Trauma to the nail
    • Poor hygiene
    • Excessive sweating of the feet
    • People with compromised immune systems – including diabetes
    • Poor peripheral circulation
    • Warm, moist environments – occlusive footwear
    • Wet working environments
    • Walking barefoot in public areas that are wet/damp – change rooms, swimming pools, showers
  • HOW WILL A PODIATRIST MANAGE FUNGAL NAILS?
    • Fungal nails can be difficult to treat and are prone to reoccur
    • They can also take a long time to resolve – approx. 12 months or longer
    • Podiatrists will be able to determine the right treatment path for you and provide additional advice on how to manage and prevent reoccurrence
    • Topical treatment
      • Natural or medicated
    • Oral medication
      • GP prescribed
      • 6-12 week course anti-fungal tablets
      • Should only be considered if topical treatments are not successful to avoid possible side effects
      • Podiatrist will be able to advise if this is necessary and a culture of the nail is often required before this medication can be prescribed

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