Fungal Nail Infections
Fungal nail infections are common, but not serious - however they can take a long time to treat! They are caused by microscopic organisms, and like their counterparts, bacteria and viruses, are invisible to the naked eye. They exist everywhere, in the atmosphere and many of our general day-to-day surroundings.
They flourish most in dark, moist, warm environments, attacking human skin and nails, particularly at times of mild debility or when the skin is damaged and therefore more susceptible to invasion.
They are common conditions affecting approximately 10-15% of the population and are commonest in males.
- Fungal nail infections usually start at the edge of the nail
- They often then spread to the middle. The nail becomes discoloured and lifts off
- The nail becomes brittle and pieces can break off. It can cause pain and swelling in the skin around the nail
Preventing fungal nail infections
- Treat athlete's foot as soon as possible to avoid it spreading to nails
- Keep your feet clean and dry
- Wear clean socks every day
- Wear flip flops in showers at the gym or pool
- Throw out old shoes and socks
For further information
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