Fungal Nails (Onychomyosis)
Nail fungus is often caused by something called ‘dermatophytes’, which are fungi found growing on skin, hair, nails and other bodily surfaces.
When dermatophytes get underneath your nail, it causes yellow/brownish discolouration and the nail can become quite thick and maintain a crumbly texture when cut.
If left untreated, the skin underneath your nail can become inflamed and/or painful – and it may retain a foul smell. It is so important to contact a podiatrist at the first indication of a fungal or nail infection, to avoid further complications.
How can you avoid fungal and nail infections?
The answer mostly lies in good foot hygiene.
Frequently wash your feet
Never share nail clippers or nail files
Avoid going barefoot in public establishments – such as showers or pool areas
Keep your nails trimmed regularly with no sharp edges (Your Podiatrist can take care of this)
Never wear the same pair of socks two days in a row
Never share footwear with other people
Wear footwear that fits properly and is breathable
How can you treat fungal and nail infections?
Some at-home treatments include washing your socks and/or hosiery with a combination of hot water and an anti-fungal wash. It can also help to clean and air your shoes regularly, alternating them with another pair to allow for a thorough cleaning.
Keep all floor surfaces clean by vacuuming regularly – and be sure to disinfect the base of your shower or tub directly after someone with a fungal infection has showered or soaked.
In addition, pharmaceutical antifungal treatments can include a range of products on the market. It is very important to precisely follow the instructions outlined on these products – and follow through until the infection is completely resolved.