Today, our inhouse chiropodist & podiatrist, Sarah Kerrane SCPI, talks us through her top tips on how to recognise a fungal nail infection and how to get rid of it.
What is a Fungal Nail Infection?
A fungal nail infection, also called onychomycosis, in an infection of the nail.
It causes the nail to become discoloured and thickened. The nail may appear white, yellow, brown or black and may be easily lifted from its nail bed.
What Causes Fungal Nail Infections?
The main causes of fungal nails are sweaty feet, walking barefoot in swimming pools and communal showers, wearing occlusive footwear and sharing items with someone who already has the infection.
How Do I Get Rid of It?
Treatment of fungal nails can be difficult as the infection is in the nail bed, under the nail plate itself so it can be difficult to reach yourself
There are also a number of other nail conditions that can closely resemble a fungal nail infection; therefore it is important to be evaluated professionally by a qualified podiatrist
In clinic, we carefully file, bur and pair back the thickened toe nails.
There are also a countless number of over the counter products to help the paired back nail so we will advise you on the best compound for your foot.