What is a fungal nail infection?
A fungal nail infection is nail infection that is caused by fungus. Ringworm can also be the cause of fungal nail infections. The medication terminology for a fungal nail infection is (onychomycosis).
Fungal nail infections are incredibly common, in fact most people will experience one at some point in their life. Toenail fungal infections are more common than fingernail fungal infections.
What are fungal nail infection symptoms?
Fungal nail infection symptoms can
- Thick toenails and fingernails - your nail may become a difficult to trim different shape or texture
- Discoloured nails - your nail may turn white, black, yellow or green
- Pain or discomfort - especially when applying pressure on the infected nail
- Brittle nails - your nail may break off or come away completely
What causes fungal nail infections and how do you get fungal nail infections?
Fungal nail infections are caused by fungus. Most fungal nail infections are caused by the same fungi that causes athlete’s foot. The fungi that cause fungal nail infections are often harmless on the skin, but multiply and lead to infections. The fungi thrive in warm, dark and moist places like the feet.
What do you use as a nail fungus treatment?
The best treatment for fungal nail infection is . Ringworm is also a fungus that can affect the nails.
The toenail fungal infection treatment is the same for fungal infection on finger.
Another fungal infection medicine you can take is Terbinafine tablets or cream.
How to get rid of nail fungus?
You can get rid of nail fungus by using antifungal treatments. Antifungal treatments can be tablets, creams or even nail lacquers.
You can also take some measures to prevent fungal nail infections, including:
- Wearing well-fitting shoes made of natural materials
- Wearing clean socks
- Keeping your nails short - don’t share nail clippers with other people
- Not sharing towels and socks with other people
- Washing your towels regularly
- Replacing old footwear that could be contaminated
- Treating other fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot) as soon as possible to avoid spreading the infection to your nails
- Not walking around barefoot in public pools, showers, and locker rooms
- Keeping your hands and feet clean and dry
- Making sure any equipment has been properly sterilised when visiting a nail salon