Fungal nail infection, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that affects millions of us worldwide. It is caused by a fungal infection that attacks the nails, leading to discoloration, thickening, and crumbling of the nails. If left untreated, the condition can worsen and cause pain, discomfort, and even permanent damage to the nails.
Signs of Fungal Nail Infection
The signs of fungal nail infections can vary from person to person, but some of the most common signs include:
- Discoloration: The nail may appear yellow, brown, or white.
- Thickening: The nail may become thick and difficult to trim.
- Crumbling: The nail may start to crumble or break apart.
- Deformation: The nail may become distorted in shape or texture.
- Odor: The infected nail may emit a foul odor.
- Pain: In some cases, the nail bed may become painful or tender.
Why See a Podiatrist for Infections?
While there are over-the-counter treatments available for fungal nail infections, it is always best to see a Podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Our Podiatrists are medical professionals that specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the feet and lower limbs, including fungal nail.
- Accurate Diagnosis: A Podiatrist can accurately diagnose the type of fungus causing the infection, as well as the severity of the infection. This is important, as different types of fungi require different treatments.
- Tailored Treatment Plan: A Podiatrist can create a customized treatment plan based on the severity of the infection, the patient’s medical history, and their lifestyle. This may include topical or oral antifungal medication, laser treatment, or even surgical removal of the infected nail.
- Preventing Recurrence: A Podiatrist can provide advice on how to prevent future fungal nail infections. This may include recommendations on footwear, nail hygiene, and lifestyle changes.
- Monitoring Progress: A Podiatrist can monitor the progress of the treatment and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the best possible outcome.
If you suspect that you have a fungal nail infection, especially if you’re showing some of the symptoms we have mentioned above, it is important to see a Podiatrist as soon as you can. By seeking the advice of one of our Podiatrists, you can ensure that you receive the most effective treatment, as well as preventing future infections.
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