Fungal nail infections

nail infection

Fungal nail infections

Fungal nail infections are a general presentation in our clinic. They can be annoying and unsightly.

We can assist by ensuring you have the correct diagnosis to begin with, and in recommending the best medical treatment. Some tablets are available to treat nail infections; however they generally need to be taken for several months at a time.

Laser treatment offers another option for patients not wishing to take tablets for long period of time. The laser treatment works by heating the nail and killing the fungus. Several treatments are required and are performed one month apart as the toenails take a long time to grow.

Who Is at Risk for Fungal Infections?

There are many different reasons of fungal nail infections, and each cause has a treatment of its own. Although many of the causes of a fungal nail infection are preventable, some risk factors increase the likelihood of developing it. You’re more likely to develop a fungal nail infection if you:

  • have a skin injury around the nail
  • have moist fingers or toes for an extended time
  • have a weakened immune system
  • wear closed-toe shoes, such as tennis shoes or boots
  • have diabetes
  • have a disease that causes poor circulation
  • are over age 65
  • wear artificial nails
  • swim in a public swimming pool
  • have a nail injury

Tips to Prevent Fungal Nail Infections

Making a few simple lifestyle changes can help stop a fungal infection of the nails. Taking good care of your nails by keeping them well trimmed and clean is a good way to prevent infections. You should also keep away from injuring the skin around your nails. If you’re going to have damp or wet hands for an extended amount of time, you may want to wear rubber gloves.

Other ways to prevent fungal infections of the nails include:

  • using your own items for manicures or pedicures
  • wearing socks that minimize moisture
  • avoiding being barefoot in public places
  • reducing your use of artificial nails and nail polish
  • using antifungal sprays or powders regularly
  • washing your hands after touching infected nails
  • drying your feet well after showering, especially between your toes
  • getting manicures or pedicures from trustworthy salons