Fungal Nails

Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Fungal Nails

Fungal nail is a very common nail condition. Fungal nails are usually painless, however you may feel discomfort if the nails become too thick. The main signs of fungal nails are:

  • Nails will appear discoloured – yellow or brown
  • Nails will often thicken and may be difficult to cut – our Foot Health Practitioners can help you cut your nails if you are struggling with this
  • For some people the nail can become flaky and may crumble

What Causes Fungal Nails?

Fungal nail is caused by a fungus which can spread very easily when living in a warm and moist environment, for example socks and footwear. Problems with foot hygiene can lead to fungal nails

Recommended Treatment for Fungal Nails

  • Foot HygieneIf you suspect you have a fungal nail infection, you can introduce some simple steps at home to help limit the spread of the infection. Use your own set of nail cutters and files, assess your footwear to see if you can feel any discomfort, use odour eaters in your shoes, wash or bathe your feet and make sure that your foot is dry before putting socks and footwear back on.
  • Visit our Clinics: Our qualified Foot Health Practitioners or Podiatrist can assess the seriousness of the fungal infection, reduce the thickness of the nail, and put an effective treatment plan in place with the use of medication for home use in between appointments.