Summer is No Time for Fungal Nail Infections!
Be on Guard for Yellowish-Brown, Crumbling and Foul Smelling Nails
When everyday fungi invade the nail, the tiny organisms take hold, and the result is the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in colour and foul smelling. While we can’t avoid these microscopic organisms, we can take precautions.
5 Fascinating Facts About Fungal Nail Infections
- Up to 50% of nail problems are due to a fungal nail infection.
- One in five Canadians have or have had a toenail fungus infection.
- Less than 30% of Canadians believe that a nail fungus infection is contagious.
- Almost 30% of Canadians believe that nail infections are caused by poor hygiene.
- Nearly 2/3 of Canadians who suffer from toenail fungus are embarrassed about their condition.
[source: Leger Marketing Toenail Fungus Infections OMNI Results November 17, 2014]
The fungal infection of a toenail (onychomycosis) might be a common foot problem, but it’s also the one that the majority of people ignore.
Here are 7 solutions that will help you reduce the risk of getting a fungal nail infection in the first place:
- Solution #1: Clean, dry feet resist disease. Wash your feet with soap and water, remembering to dry thoroughly, especially between your toes.
- Solution #2: Shower shoes (or flip flops) should be worn whenever possible in public areas.
- Solution #3: Shoes, socks, or hosiery should be changed daily.
- Solution #4: Toenails should be clipped straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
- Solution #5: Use a quality food powder with talcum, not cornstarch.
- Solution #6: Wear shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
- Solution #7: Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to wick away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active lifestyles.
What are my treatment options for fungal nail?
- Apply a topical antifungal medication such as Formula 3
- Investigate Noveon® Nail Laser
- Consider KeryFlex Nail Restoration System
- Obtain an oral prescription medication from your family physician
How do I know for sure if I have a fungal nail infection?
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 and where treatment options are available.
Will my fungal nail infection go away without treatment?
No, the chances of it clearing up on its own are very low.
Learn more about onychomycosis (fungal nail) and talk to your Chiropodist during your next routine foot care appointment. We want to stamp out fungal nail infections forever!