Fungal Nail Infection are common and around 3 in 100 people will have one at some point in their lives. The infection often only affects one nail but can affect all the nails of the feet.
The nails become thick, discoloured and usually a yellow colour. If the infection is left untreated the nails can become soft and crumbly, it is not usually painful though the thickening of the nails can place more pressure on the nail beds which can be uncomfortable.
Fungal Nail Infections can develop in a number of ways.
- If the nail has been damaged it is more likely to become infected.
- A fungal skin infection such as athlete’s foot can spread to the toenails causing a nail infection.
- You are at risk of catching a fungal nail infection if your immune system is low or you have poor circulation.
- It can also develop for no apparent reason because the fungi are common and can occur unexpectedly.
Treatments include Anti-fungal Nail Lacquer that has to be painted on the nails according to the directions of the treatment. However this treatment has to be continued until the infection has gone, this is usually around 6-12 months. Oral medication can be taken if the nail infection has affected all of the nails, is painful or is impacting on a person lifestyle.
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