Do You Have Fungal Nails?

Published On: March 21, 2023

Onychomycosis is the medical term for a fungal nail infection and affects up to 14% of the population. While the fungus may be found in your fingernails, toenails are more common to be infected. 

Mild infections may produce few symptoms; a nail may lose its shine, slightly discoloured, and thicken partially. In severe infections, the nails become discoloured, thicken, and detach from the nail bed. The skin surrounding the nails may become inflamed and painful. Other diseases and conditions can cause the nails to have a fungal-like appearance, so the best way to determine if you have an infection is to visit your chiropodist. Using a dermatoscope attachment on the camera, our chiropodists can ascertain whether you suffer from a fungal infection. Occasionally, your chiropodist will take a nail sample and using Dormer’s ACU-DTM test kit, we can determine if there are fungal spores within the nail. 

Upon confirmation of infection, Werkman, Boven & Associates offers various treatment options for fungal infections, including Lunula Laser, topical therapy, or surgical nail removal. Your chiropodist can discuss these options with you at your next visit. 

What can you do to avoid a fungal infection?

  • Always wear flip-flops or sandals in public showers or public areas
  • Keep your feet clean and dry
  • Change socks daily
  • Try to avoid trauma to the toenails.
  • Ensure your shoes have plenty of room around the toes
  • When visiting a nail salon, choose a clean salon that sterilizes its instruments (nail clippers, scissors, etc.) after each use, or bring your own.
  • Don’t share nail clippers with other people.

Visit your chiropodist to treat your fungal nail infection. Schedule an appointment today!

    Contains information from:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, September 13). Fungal nail infections. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved March 9, 2023, from

    NHS. (n.d.). NHS choices. Retrieved March 9, 2023, from

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