FUNGAL INFECTION OF THE NAIL (ONYCHOMYCOSIS) 

In fungal infection the nail will become thickened and discoloured. Nails may become brittle and flaky or even come off altogether. The skin next to the nail may be inflamed or scaly. Foot odour may be present. 
 
Fungal nail infection is often painless initially but may cause pain due to thickening of the nail. If left untreated it can lead to further tissue damage and possibly cause cellulitis. A fungal nail infection could lead to more serious problems if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system. Athlete’s foot is a common fungal skin infection of the toes that can easily spread to the toenails. 

FUNGAL INFECTION OF THE NAIL  ONYCHOMYCOSIS 

In fungal infection the nail will become thickened and discoloured. Nails may become brittle and flaky or even come off altogether. The skin next to the nail may be inflamed or scaly. Foot odour may be present. 
 
Fungal nail infection is often painless initially but may cause pain due to thickening of the nail. If left untreated it can lead to further tissue damage and possibly cause cellulitis. A fungal nail infection could lead to more serious problems if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system. Athlete’s foot is a common fungal skin infection of the toes that can easily spread to the toenails. 
 
A mild fungal nail infection may not require treatment although you may not want to put up with unsightly infected toenails. If you would like to have your infection treated, medication in the form of tablets is available from your GP. Nail lacquers are also available on prescription from your doctor. For some medications you need to have a blood test to check on your liver function. Both these treatments need to be used regularly over several months and may have unwanted side effects. 
 
For more localised treatment, your foot health practitioner can initially treat the affected nail by trimming and reducing the thickness of the nail for antifungal, antibacterial treatment to be applied. You will need to continue this treatment at home over some months, there is no instant fix to fungal nail infection. 
 
If you feel uncomfortable showing off your feet and need a quicker solution, perhaps for an upcoming holiday or wedding, we can recommend a local podiatrist who offers LCN Wilde Pedique Cosmetic Toenail Reconstruction for fungal, discoloured and damaged nails. 
 
To prevent recurrence of fungal toenail infection: 
 
try to avoid injury to nails 
wear footwear in public places like communal showers and changing rooms etc 
replace old footwear which may be contaminated with fungal spores 
choose well-fitting footwear and socks which the allow your feet to breathe and stay cool 
avoid towel sharing 
use antifungal treatment for Athlete’s Foot early to prevent spread of infection 
 
 
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