Fungal nail infections (Onychomycosis) are most commonly caused by fungi called dermatophytes.
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.
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.
4 options currently exist for the management of fungal nail infections:
Your nail will continue to deteriorate and the infection will spread.
Topical agents can be effective in the treatment for Onychomycosis if used as recommended and for a long enough time. Different topical agents work differently on different people. I recommend and use EMTRIX Nail treatment as a first-line treatment for fungal nail infections.
There is good evidence to suggest some tablets are beneficial. Cure rates from 38-68% have been reported with terbinafine (Lamisil ®). This treatment has been associated with a range of potentially serious side effects including liver failure and sensory loss.
Complete Podiatry’s PactMED Fungal Nail Treatment System can be used in the management of Onychomycosis. Cure rates from 77-87% have been reported with these systems.
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