Fungal Nail Infections

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Fungal Nail Infection

Onychomycosis (a fungal nail infection) is an unsightly, often smelly condition that affects the toenails of many people.

Once a fungal infection enters your nails the fungus does what it does best and sets about turning your toenail into compost.

Fungal nail infections (Onychomycosis) are most commonly caused by fungi called dermatophytes.

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The infection may cause thickening, discolouration and/or breakdown of part or all of the toenail.

Certain medical conditions can increase your risk of Onychomycosis as can environmental conditions and trauma.  

Onychomycosis does not have any serious consequences in otherwise healthy people however the thickened, discoloured nails may cause pain with activity, increase your risk of bacterial infection and psychosocial effects.  

Aims of Treatment  

The aim of treatments is to kill or remove the fungus from the toenail and allow a healthy nail to regrow.

There is a possibility of permanent damage to the nail growth point if the fungal nail infection has been present for a long time or is particularly severe.  

Treatment of Fungal Nail Infections  

4 options currently exist for the management of fungal nail infections.

Read more about the treatment of fungal nail infections HERE.

 How Can I Prevent Fungal Nail infections?

Here are some tips to prevent a fungal infection of the nails...

  1. Use a topical anti-fungal solution applied daily after the treatment
  2. Regularly rotate your shoes for drying and aeration
  3. Treat shoes with an antifungal prior to the commencement of treatment and regularly after its completion.  A UV light sanitizer can be used as an alternative to treat the shoes
  4. Wash hosiery in hot water and apply an antifungal solution to the washing cycle
  5. Wear thongs in public showers and swimming centers
  6. The use of hosiery/socks containing silver can also minimise re-infection
  7. Disinfect shower floor
  8. Minimise microtrauma to the nails (which makes the nails more susceptible to infection) by ensuring correct shoe fit
  9. Avoid sharing nail clippers and files

 

 

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