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Nail fungus (Onychomycosis)

Last update: 15 February 2020

Nail fungus (Onychomycosis)

Nail fungus (Onychomycosis)

If you suffer from a nail infection like nail fungus (onychomycosis), don’t let this problem go untreated. Most often affecting the big toe, it is a fungal infection that causes pain and that is very difficult to treat.

However, if you take the time, it is possible to get rid of it. Read on for further information on nail fungus.

Symptoms

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection, that is, caused by fungi. It causes different symptoms in the affected individual. The main symptoms associated with this podiatric problem include:

  • Nail discoloration (it becomes white, yellow or brown)
  • Nail that grows thicker, curls up or changes shape
  • Nail that breaks more easily
  • Painful, infected nail
  • Residue under the nail

As mentioned below, it is very difficult to rid oneself of an infection like onychomycosis. So, as recommended by podiatrists, if you suffer from any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment.

Causes

Nail fungus thrives in hot and humid places. So if your feet perspire a lot, you are more at risk of developing nail fungus. Below are the main causes as listed by podiatrists.

  • Athlete’s foot (foot mycosis)
  • Mold contamination
  • Excessive sweating of the foot

Some people are also at higher risk of developing a fungal infection like onychomycosis. For example, people with weaker immune systems will be at higher risk. This group can include:

  • Seniors
  • Diabetics

Preventing nail fungus

Although it is difficult to treat onychomycosis, there are several things you can do on your own to protect yourself from this fungal infection. Here are some examples.

  • Ensure your shoes and socks remain dry
  • Keep your nails trimmed and clean
  • Avoid lending your manicure kit to others
  • Wear sandals around the pool or in public showers
  • Select orthopedic shoes rather than shoes that are too narrow
  • Carefully dry your feet and toes after bathing

Also, if you have diabetes, it is important to properly monitor it. This can cause the onset of onychomycosis.

Lastly, if you think that these treatments are not enough, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your podiatrist.

Podiatrist care

As mentioned above, if treatments are not sufficient, it is important to consult a podiatrist without delay. This foot care professional can help you manage your problem by suggesting the appropriate care.

  • Professional nail care
  • Topical antifungal prescription by podiatrist
  • Laser treatment
  • KERYFLEX nail restoration
  • Oral medication prescribed by the doctor

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