Fungal nails occurs when fungi (dermatophyte yeasts or non-dermatophyte moulds) grow on your nails or in the skin underneath your nails. This can occur in fingernails or toenails as a result of contamination from dirty clippers, floors or old moist shoes. It grows faster in a warm moist environment.
Fungal nails can cause thickening, decolourisation or make the nails brittle. It is generally easy to diagnose but sometimes hard to treat as some of the thickening is irreversible.
How can The Podiatrist help you?
- We can diagnose it by sending away nail samples (if required).
- Recommend a range of antifungal products and give expert advice on their application.
- Reduce the thickness of the nail which makes it easier to treat with nail lacquer. Nail applications have no side effects compared with oral medications.
How can you help yourself?
- If you wear nail polish, be sure to remove it or give your nails a break sometimes as fungi loves to grow underneath nail polish.
- Wear dry clean socks everyday, and if possible buy a couple of pairs of good socks.
- Throw old mouldy shoes away if fungal nails is a continuous problem for you.