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Fungal Nails

There are a few types of fungus (totalling 85%), yeast and mould that can cause a fungal nail.

Fungal infections live off the skin, nails and hair. The warm, moist and safe area under a nail helps the fungi to grow well! It is difficult to get rid of a fungal nail infection once begun.

How do I get fungal nails?

Anyone can develop fungal nails. Up to 10% of people develop fungal nails during their life. Some things that can make it easier for people to develop fungal nails include:

  • Age
  • Poor circulation
  • Bad diet
  • Male
  • Illness or disease
  • Nail damage

You can contract a nail infection by direct contact, such as on the shower floor, or by sharing infected items of clothing like used socks or footwear.
Fungal infections can enter nails easier when it is wet. Wearing closed in footwear like gumboots or tight shoes can make this worse. Likewise, very sweaty feet can also be a problem.

How can we fix fungal nails?

Your podiatrist can recommend you a treatment for your fungal nails. They can send nail clippings to pathology to discover which type of fungi is in the nail. This can help identify the most effective treatment method.

The podiatrist can also clean and reduce the thickness of your fungal nail so that topical treatments work better. Less fungal nail means that:

  • The topical treatment can soak in better to the nail bed.
  • There is less nail to treat.
  • There is less fungus present to get rid of.

Photo supplied: First step in the treatment of an extreme case of fungal nail. 

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