Fungal Nail Infections
What are Fungal Nail Infections?
Fungal nail infections account for around half of all nail problems. The nail becomes discoloured and unsightly, although not painful. The nail itself may be affected, or the nail bed or the skin around the nails.
What Causes a Fungal Nail Infection?
- Fungus! There are many different fungi that cause nail infections, the most common being athlete’s foot and also candida, which is a yeast infection affecting several parts of the body.
- Sweat Fungus thrives in warm wet conditions, so if your feet sweat a lot (for example in tightly fitting trainers) then you are more likely to get a fungal infection. Fungal infections can be passed on, particularly in areas such as changing rooms, communal showers and swimming pools.
- Medication – including anti-fungal nail paint, antibiotics and creams can be used to treat your fungal nail infection. Remember to keep using the treatment until well after the systems have disappeared to ensure all the fungus has gone. This will help prevent recurrence.
- Avoid Contamination During your treatment it is important to stop the fungus spreading, so use swimming socks in communal areas, keep separate clippers for your infected nail, and possibly also throw away any shoes that you suspect are harbouring germs.
- Prevention is just as important as cure, so keep your toes cool and dry and avoid tight fitting shoes and socks.