Onychomycosis (Fungal Nails)

Onychomycosis (Fungal Nails)

What is onychomycosis? Onychomycosis (Fungal Nails) is an extremely commonly fungal infection caused by an organism called Trichophyton rubrum. This organism not only infects the nail plate, nail bed and nail matrix, but also the surrounding skin. Toenail infections are more common than fingernail infections because of the moist environment of the feet. Typically, onychomycosis (fungal nails) is more of a cosmetic complaint as the nail becomes thickened and discoloured. The nail is yellow, crumbly, brittle, and accompanied by a foul odour. Although there is usually no pain associated with the condition, it is important to treat onychomycosis as long-standing cases can potentially cause permanent deformity of the nail.

Treatments

  • Drilling the nail to thin it out for easier penetration of topical antifungal medications
  • Topical antifungal medication
  • Oral antifungal medication
  • Laser ablation
  • Surgical or chemical removal of nail

Prevention Tips

  • Towel dry your feet after showering
  • Air out your feet and shoes
  • Do not share nail clippers
  • If your feet tend to sweat a lot, change your socks and shoes twice a day
  • Wear socks that are designed to draw moisture away from the feet
  • Wear sandals or shower shoes in communal areas, such as public swimming pools, saunas, etc.

For advice please feel free to contact your chiropodist.