Fungal Infection

Fungal Infection

Fungal nail infections, a relatively common condition affecting both toenails and fingernails, are typically caused by dermatophytes, a type of fungi. These fungi thrive in damp and warm environments. Various factors contribute to the development of these infections, including fungal exposure from contaminated surfaces over a period of time, nail trauma, poor foot hygiene, a weakened immune system, ageing, and underlying medical conditions like diabetes or peripheral vascular disease.

Identifying Common Symptoms:
Fungal nail infections manifest in diverse ways, with symptoms varying in severity:

  • Discoloration: Infected nails may change color, often appearing yellow, brown, or green, sometimes accompanied by white patches.
  • Thickening and Distortion: The infected nail may thicken and develop an irregular or distorted shape.
  • Brittleness: Infected nails become brittle, prone to crumbling, splitting, or pitting.
  • Subungual Debris: A buildup of debris may accumulate under the affected nail.
  • Odour: Occasionally, fungal nail infections emit an unpleasant odour.
  • Nail Separation: In advanced cases, the infected nail may partially or completely detach from the nail bed.

Effective Treatment Approaches:
Managing fungal nail infections can be challenging, but early intervention is crucial to prevent further spread and enhance nail health. Treatment options encompass:

  • Topical Medications: Over-the-counter or prescription antifungal creams, lotions, or nail lacquers directly applied to affected nails.
  • Oral Antifungal Medications: Healthcare professionals may prescribe oral antifungal medications in severe cases or when topical treatments prove ineffective.
  • Nail Removal: Surgical removal of the infected nail may be recommended in specific cases to facilitate the application of antifungal medications.

At The Arch Foot Clinic, we're dedicated to helping you understand and effectively address fungal nail infections. Our experienced team provides personalised care, guidance, and treatment options to restore the health and appearance of your nails, ensuring your overall well-being.

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