Fungal Nails

Fungal Nails: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Fungal nails, also known as onychomycosis, is a common foot condition that can affect anyone. As a podiatrist, it is essential to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment options available for fungal nails. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about this condition.

Fungal nails
Fungal nails

Causes of Fungal Nails

Fungal nails are caused by a fungal infection that affects the nail bed, plate, or surrounding skin. Some common causes include:

  1. Poor foot hygiene: Poor foot hygiene can lead to the accumulation of sweat and moisture, creating an environment for fungi to thrive.
  2. Trauma: Injuries to the nail or surrounding area can make the nail more susceptible to fungal infections.
  3. Tight shoes: Shoes that are too tight can cause pressure on the toes, leading to an increased risk of fungal infections.


Symptoms of Fungal Nails

The symptoms of fungal nails can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms include:

  1. Thickened or brittle nails
  2. Discolored nails that may appear yellow, brown, or white
  3. Foul odor
  4. Crumbling or flaking of the nail


Treatment Options for Fungal Nails

As a podiatrist, it is important to understand the treatment options available for fungal nails. Some common treatment options include:

  1. Topical antifungal medications: Topical antifungal medications can be applied directly to the affected nail to kill the fungi.
  2. Oral antifungal medications: Oral antifungal medications may be prescribed to treat severe cases of fungal nails.
  3. Laser therapy: Laser therapy can be used to kill the fungi and promote healthy nail growth.
  4. Partial nail avulsion: In severe cases, partial nail avulsion may be necessary to remove the affected nail and promote healthy nail growth.


Sydney Wide Podiatry: Providing Treatment for Fungal Nails

At Sydney Wide Podiatry, we understand the impact that fungal nails can have on your quality of life. That’s why we offer a range of treatment options to help alleviate symptoms and prevent recurrence. Our experienced podiatrists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and goals. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get on the path to healthy, fungal-free nails.

This page is intended for informational use only and not medical advise. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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