Fungal Toe Nails
What is a fungal nail?
The technical term for this condition is onychoMycosis. It shares the same infection as Athletes Foot – technical name T. rubrUm T. Interdigitales or dermatophytes. There are other things such as non-dermatophyte fungi such as yeasts and moulds which can also have a similar effect on the nail.
Nails become crumbly, thickened and discoloured due to the infection. 34% of people with diabetes will have a nail infection and 10% of the UK population are affected by it. It is also common for those with fungal nails to suffer from Athletes foot from time to time.
This condition is sometimes the result of nail damage and will develop in warm damp conditions. Individuals who are most affected by this condition may have poor circulation or diabetes. Other factors are age and even a genetic predisposition.
The podiatry team will be able to test your nail to identify whether fungus is present in the nail – check this link for more information.
While tablets may work for up to 40% of patients, GP’s are often reluctant to prescribe them as they can have severe side effects.
Other topical solutions can be very effective when they come into contact with the fungus but they are rarely able to clear the infection. This is because they cannot reach the infection as it is usually on the ‘nail bed’ underneath the nail.
At Theale Wellbeing Centre we use the Clearanail treatment of drilling groups of small holes into the infected nail allowing the solution to reach the infected tissue underneath. The procedure is completely safe, relatively painless and quick.
Our podiatry team also offer a Nail Reconstruction Service if your nails have been damaged by a fungal infection.