Fungal Toe Nail Infection
Posted on 20th May 2014 | Common Foot Problems
What is a fungal toe nail infection?
Fungal toe nails are caused by a:
- Fungal infection or yeast infections
- Fungal skin infection (Athletes Foot
- Damage to the skin or nail.
- The fungus thrives in dark, warm, moist conditions.
- Socks, stockings and shoes are the ideal conditions for the fungus to thrive.
- It can also spread easily in communal changing areas
Certain health conditions or health issues can increase the chancesof developing a nail infection such as :
- Diabetes or Psoriasis
- A weakened immune system
- Poor general health
- Warm humid climate
- Athletes foot
- Other foot conditions
Signs and Symptoms
- Unsightly toe nails – yellowish brown or green in colour
- A soft layer of debris, may have an unpleasant smell
- The nails may split very badly or be crumbly
- The nails will probably grow thicker than usual
- Good foot hygiene , wash feet daily with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly
- Change socks or tights regularly
- Don’t use the same pair of shoes all the time , spray your shoes with a fungicide spray
- Use a quality fungicide treatment to the nail, surrounding skin may need treated
- If the fungus has penetrated the nail bed then a long term treatment programme may be required
- The nail will be drilled and filed back to remove as much of the infected nail as possible
- Treatment will be applied
- This will be done on a regular basis, it is important that the infection is eliminated from the nail bed.
- The nail can take up to 12 months to grow out.
- The treatment should be continued even though the obvious signs have gone.
- In really severe cases anti fungal medication may need to be prescribed.
- These may have side effects and have to be taken for several months
- Surgical nail removal can also be done for chronic infected nails