Fungal nail infection is one of the most common nail conditions. Infections can range from mild to severe and can affect one or several nails. Fungal nail infections are commonly found in people aged over 55, and regular users of communal showers, such as athletes or swimmers
Fungal nails are usually characterised by a yellow or brown discolouration, thickening and brittle appearance. In some cases, the infected area can produce an unpleasant odour and debris under the nail. Infections do not always show symptoms or cause pain, although most patients find their appearance unsightly. The most common cause of a fungal nail infection is the spread of a fungal skin infection to the nail. For example, athlete's foot can spread to the toenail if not treated early.
If you have a fungal nail, you should seek professional advice from a podiatrist.
Podiatrists will assess the nail and remove / reduce any uncomfortable or unsightly portions of nail as required with a nail drill or nippers. Antifungal nail lacquers can be applied to the nail topically over a period. Antifungal tablets are available, a prescription for this can be obtained courtesy of your GP; this will be provided at their discretion. Oral anti-fungal medication is the most effective treatment option available for fungal nails, and in some cases may be the only treatment option where the root of the nail is involved, or if the infection it affecting multiple nails.
Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy (PACT); is a, painless treatment provided in clinic that destroys the fungus. Following an assessment with your podiatrist, you will be offered advice on the most suitable and beneficial treatment options available. The PACT therapy is only suitable for mild to moderate fungal nail infections.
Lacuna or nail fenestration is a method where the practitioner will drill micro-holes into the nail plate, this increased the chance of anti-fungal treatments to penetrate into the nail and nail bed.
In some cases where the infection is severe/painful/stubborn, it may be recommended to have the nail permanently removed. This will stop any associated pain and reduce the chance of it spreading toe other nails.
- Topical anti-fungal medications
- Oral anti-fungal medications
- Nail reduction and maintenance
- Lacuna (nail fenestration)
- Nail surgery
With any fungal nail treatment option, the infection can take anything from 6-18 months to fully clear, this is because this is how long it takes for a toenail to grow.
If you have a problem with your foot or lower limb, and you are unsure whether or not podiatry can help you, then why not contact us.
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