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Understanding Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal nail infections, medically known as onychomycosis, are more than just a cosmetic concern. They start innocuously with scales, streaking, crumbling, flaking, and yellow spots on the toenails but can lead to more severe issues if left untreated. The primary culprit behind these infections is fungi thriving in moist environments, making toenails a prime target.

Recognising the Symptoms

The progression of a fungal nail infection is often slow, making early detection challenging. Symptoms extend beyond discolouration, including thickening of the nail and discomfort while wearing shoes. As the infection advances, the nail may separate from the nail bed, a condition known as onycholysis, leading to further complications.

Causes and Risk Factors

Several factors contribute to the development of fungal nail infections. Individuals with diabetes or a weakened immune system are at higher risk. The infection can stem from exposure to fungi in public places like swimming pools and locker rooms or through the use of contaminated nail instruments. Even a minor skin injury near the toenail can become a gateway for fungal invasion.

Prevention and Treatment

Preventative measures include maintaining good foot hygiene, using antifungal sprays or powders, and wearing breathable footwear. If an infection is suspected, it’s crucial to consult a podiatry specialist. Treatments range from topical antifungal medications to more advanced options like laser therapy, depending on the infection’s severity.

Louisa Seymour Podiatry offers comprehensive care for fungal nail infections, employing the latest treatments to restore the health and appearance of your nails. Remember, early intervention is key to preventing the spread of the infection and ensuring the best possible outcome.

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