Fungal nail infection (Onychomycosis) causes nail discolouration and thickening. The nail may appear white, black or yellow If untreated the fungal infection can spread to adjoining nails and lead to other foot problems.
Treatment of a fungal nail infection can be difficult as the infection is embedded within the nail and is difficult to reach. A number of other nail conditions may resemble a fungal nail infection. Therefore, its important to get a correct diagnosis before commencing any treatments.
Our podiatrists are fully trained to evaluate and diagnose fungal nails, we specialise in the treatment of fungal nail infections.
Who is at risk of Fungal Nail Infections?
Below are some factors that can increase your risk of developing fungal toenail infections:
- Fungal nail infections tend to be found in older people. This is due to the reduced blood flow and slower growing nails.
- People who sweat heavily tend to be more at risk of developing a fungal nail infection. It is advisable to wear socks that absorb sweat.
- If there is a family history of fungal nail infection.
- Working environments where your feet are often wet, such as bartending, housekeeping or communal areas.
- Fungal nail infections are contagious therefore living with someone who has a fungal toenail infection may increase your risk of developing an infection.
- Walking barefoot in communal areas, such as swimming pools, gyms and public shower rooms
- Athletes foot or other skin conditions such as psoriasis or injuries can lead to fungal toenail infections if left untreated.
- Diabetes, a weakened immune system or circulation problems can increase your risk of developing a fungal toenail infection.
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