Fungal Nails

Onychomycosis

What is it?

  • Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nails.
  • Most commonly accompanied by an infection of the skin known as athlete’s foot.

What does it look like?

  • Mild infections may produce few or no symptoms.
  • A nail may lose “its shine”, begin to partially or fully discolour and thicken.
  • In severe infections, the nails become discoloured, thicken, and detach from the nail bed. The skin surrounding the nails may become inflamed and painful.

How do I know if I have it?

  • Since other diseases may also cause toenail discolouration or thickening, it is best to have it assessed by a professional. A registered chiropodist can quickly determine whether you have a fungal infection.

Will it go away without treatment?

  • No, the chances of it clearing up on its own are very low.

How do you treat it?

  • Apply a topical antifungal prescription medication, Formula 3.
  • Noveon® Nail Laser.
  • Oral prescription medication from your family physician.

How do you prevent it?

  • Always wear flip-flops or sandals in public showers or public areas – this helps prevent contact with fungal infections.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet.
  • Change socks and footwear daily.
  • Keep the toenails trimmed.
  • Avoid trauma to the toenails (i.e. ensure adequate room for toes inside shoes).
  • Avoid nail salons that use the same nail polish applicator for all clients.

Do you have funky fungus living on your toe nails? It doesn’t have to be that way! Talk to us and book your appointment, using the handy form to your right, with the friendly folks at Werkman Foot & Orthotic Clinic.

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