Have you noticed that your toenails have started to turn yellow, brittle, crumbly or thick recently?
These are the most common and visible signs of a toenail fungal infection.
Who is most at risk?
You are most likely to develop a fungal nail infection if you:
- Wear artificial nails
- Have spa pedicures or shellac nails done at a nail salon
- Swim in a swimming pool
- Trauma to the toenail
- Wear tight, narrow, enclosed footwear on a daily basis
- Have diabetes or a condition that causes poor circulation
What does it look like?
The infection may affect part of the nail, the entire nail and can often spread to other nails also. Signs may include:
- Discolouring of the nail
- Yellow or white streaks on the nail
- Brittleness or crumbling of the tip of the nail
- Thickening of the nail
- A distorted nail
- Nail lifting from the nail bed
How do I know if I have a fungal infection?
As the appearance of a fungal nail infection can often be mistaken for other conditions, the best way to confirm the diagnosis is with a podiatrist. They will often take scrapings and a nail sample and send it off to a lab for it to be examined under a microscope for signs of any fungi.
How is it treated?
There are many different treatment options for this condition ranging from topical anti fungal treatments to PACT treatments to oral tablets. To determine the most suitable treatment option for you, please be sure to discuss this with your podiatrist.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your toenails or worried you may have a fungal nail infection, please call us on (03) 8645 9800 or book in online with one of our friendly podiatrists today!