Spring is here. Summer is around the corner. And that means sandals & thongs become the footwear of choice. But have you checked your toenails? Do you have a toenail that just doesn’t look right? Do you have a nail that looks a little yellow or has become a little thicker than the other nails? Well don’t ignore it, you may have Onychomycosis – the medical term for a fungal nail infection. You may think it’s only a minor issue but this infection has the potential to spread throughout the whole nail, spread to the rest of your nails & even spread to other family members.
How did I get it? Fungal nail infections are caused by the same bug that causes tinea. And these infections are easily “picked up”. You will most commonly contract them from places such as public pools & showers at hotels. You may have it because a family member has a fungal infection. You can also contract it visiting some nail/beauty salons if they are not using sterile equipment. And lastly, you may develop an infection because this bug naturally lives on your skin – so you infect yourself.
So what can I do about it? Most importantly don’t ignore it. There is a saying, “From little things, big things grow”. Fungal nail infections are like that. They start out in just a small area of nail & then spread. It may spread through one nail or it may spread through all of your nails. And it might take years & years to develop or within months you can notice dramatic spread of the infection.
Hurry up & tell me what to do? Sorry medical people can ramble a bit when explaining problems. So here’s the basic advice – if your nail is discoloured get it checked by a Podiatrist. There are less common reasons a nail becomes discoloured & this may be due to trauma ie. you’ve stubbed your toe or dropped something heavy on the nail & bruised it – this can make the nail change colour & thicken. The scary one though is there is an increasing occurrence of melanomas being detected under toenails. SO DON’T MESS AROUND, GET THE NAIL CHECKED.
If I need to see a Podiatrist what will you do? We’ll first determine if it’s a fungal infection. If it is a fungal infection then the basic advice is::
When you come to Healthy Life Foot Clinic with concern about a fungal nail infection we do the following:
We have been using laser for nail infections for more than 2 years with a high level of success. Treatment is painless, simple, safe & has no side effects.
For further information contact our clinics. If you think you may have a fungal nail infection, put your mind at ease & make an appointment before the infection spreads.
Watch this video for the simple process involved in treating a fungal nail.