Fungal nail infections occur when a fungus infects the nail bed and nail plate. It is medically known as onychomycosis and often occurs secondary to a fungal skin infection known as Tinea pedis (athletes foot).
It is more common with increasing age, in people with diabetes and poor circulation and in those who may be immunosuppressed, as this makes them more susceptible to picking up infections.
There are various types of fungal nail infections which can present differently in the nail but typically they will appear yellow, white or brown and may thicken and crumble towards the later stages. Usually the fungi will start from the edge of the nail and then spread down the side towards the cuticle. It can infect one or several of the nails at a time and may become uncomfortable in footwear.
In more advanced infections, a course of oral antifungal tablets may be required in combination with topical treatments. In these cases we will arrange this with your GP depending on your medical history, foot status and clinical appearance of your nails.
If you suspect you have a fungal nail infection, book in with one of our podiatrists who can confirm diagnosis and discuss an individualised treatment plan with you.