Fungal nail infections are best known for affecting your toenails, although you can get them on your fingernails too. Fungi are also known as Dermatophytes and generally live harmlessly but can often multiply and lead to infection in admired places. Fungi adore dark, warm and moist environments such as your feet which can quickly become heated and sweaty in the wrong pair of shoes or from a lack of care to your feet.
Commonly, a fungal nail infection will start at the edge of your nail and spread quickly to the middle, causing the nail to become discoloured and sometimes thicker in places making it difficult to trim. Furthermore, your toenails may become brittle and break easily; this is usually accompanied by pain and swelling of the skin around the affected area.
What are the treatment options for fungal nails?
Your podiatrist can provide antifungal medication as can a GP; however, your nail should first be tested to discover the type of infection you have to ensure suitable tablets are prescribed. Oral antifungal is the most common remedy.
Additionally, podiatrists can advise and sell a topical antifungal treatment to paint onto the affected nail. Although, your nail must be correctly prepared before topical treatment begins.
Fungal nail laser treatment is a fast and effective way to resolve your fungal nail issue. A typical treatment plan then involves a course of 3 to 4 sessions, each lasting approximately 30 minutes. We provide straightforward aftercare advice, and you can resume your normal daily activity after each treatment without any discomfort.
The lacuna method involves making small holes within the nail, allowing an L4p-ikil antifungal treatment to penetrate the nail bed to the fungal spores. Lamisil is applied daily until the nail is clear of infection.
Severely infected nails occasionally need to be removed, although there is no need to worry as this surgery is minor and performed under a local anaesthetic.
What can help?
The following will assist in preventing a fungal nail infection:
- Keeping your feet clean and dry.
- Wearing shoes made from breathable and natural materials.
- Wearing cotton socks will also allow your feet to breathe.
- Wash your towels and socks regularly to avoid fungal residue.
- Do not share socks, towels or shoes with other people.
Medical advice concerning fungal nails or any other foot-related problems should always be sought out from your GP or podiatrist. They are appropriately qualified to listen and advise you of the best route to take when dealing with a pesky foot complaint!