FUNGAL TOENAIL | ONYCHOMYCOSIS
Fungal toenails (onychomycosis) can present differently for each individual. It can include the presence or absence of smell, discolouration, and altered appearance of the nail. The infection affects the nail bed (skin underneath the nail) or nail plate (the surface nail), often causing it to become thickened and raised. Commonly, patient's see their nail become crumbly. Fungal nails often affect more then one nail, and happen more prevalently in individuals with persistent moisture in/near their feet. Fungus tends to like warm, dark, wet places.
Treatment of the fungal nail usually requires regular reduction of the nail with an ongoing prescription of an antifungal. Treatment for fungal nails can be difficult because the nail plate can protect the fungus from being exposed to medication – this is why regular reduction is required. Oral medication is not usually considered a viable option due to the toxicity effects on the liver. In some cases, the infection may be so severe that surgery is required to remove the nail. Early prevention is key in the quick recovery of a fungal nail. Do not hesitate to see a Chiropodist / Foot Specialist.
Without treatment the nail will become very thick, discoloured and unsightly – it may appear as though the infection is moving up the nail closer to the base of the toe. In some cases, the nail may be painful and further infection may result. Fungus may also spread to surrounding skin and other parts of the body.
COMMON FOOT TREATMENTS