Toenails aren’t always the prettiest of things, but when you add a fungal nail infection into the mix, they can become even less attractive. Infections aren’t as rare as you might think, and while it’s possible to hide unsightly, crumbly or yellowing nails, you’re best off trying to treat your nails of the infection with our expert tips.
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Although fungal nail infections are common and generally harmless, they can be unpleasant and can take a long time to treat. Fungal nail infection occurs from a particular type of fungus in, under, or around the nail, and can follow a fungal skin infection.
Infections usually start at the edge of the nail and appear as discoloured white and yellow streaks or flaky white patches on toenails. The streaks often spread to the centre, discolouring more of the nail. In severe cases it can cause the nail to lift away from the skin. Finally, the nail can become brittle and crumble away, causing pain and swelling to the surrounding skin and nail.
As fungus often thrives in moist, dark and warm conditions, wearing trainers or shoes that make feet hot and sweaty for long periods of time makes the risk of infection higher. Fungal nail infections are also contagious and can spread in communal areas such as gyms and pools.
You are more likely to get a fungal nail infection if you:
You can help protect against fungal nail infections from occurring by:
Please see a GP or Podiatrist if your fungal nail infection is severe and treatment hasn't worked, or if it has spread to other nails. If you have diabetes or any circulatory problems please speak to a Healthcare Professional before self treating.
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