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Fungus

Definitions


Toenail fungus, known by physicians as Onychomycosis, affects about half of Britians by the age of 70. Fungus infections occur when microscopic fungi gain entry through a small trauma in the nail, then grow and spread in the warm, moist environment inside a person’s socks and shoes.


Symptoms of toenail fungus, include swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail, streaks or spots down the side of the nail, and even complete loss of the nail. 


Toenail color can vary from brown or yellow to white with this condition.

Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails are always in humid environements.

 

Causes:


Toenail fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools, and can be passed among family members. Athletes and people who wear tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery that cause trauma to the toes or keep the feet from drying out are at higher risk. The condition can also spread from one toe to another, or to other parts of the body.


Other risk factors include abnormal PH level of the skin, not drying off the feet thoroughly after bathing or exercise, and a compromised immune system in someone who has been exposed to a fungus. 


Diabetics have an increased risk of contracting a toenail fungus because their immune system is compromised. They should have their nails regularly trimmed and debrided by a Chiropodist.

Treatment and Prevention:


Treatment is to manually debride and clean the affected nail(s) with precision and skill to its utmost importance. The Stowmarket Chiropody Clinic has great success in the treatment of toenail fungus. 


Toenail fungus is difficult to treat / eradicate, it is a good idea to try to prevent it. It helps to wear protective shoes or sandals in public showers, pool areas and gyms, and to avoid borrowing someone else’s shoes or sharing socks or towels with someone who has toenail fungus.

 

What can a Chiropodist do for you?

  • Perform a physical exam and identify the source of problem and discuss treatment options.
  • Perform unique comprehensive manual debridement or removal of the infected nail as indicated.
  • Prescribe appropriate topical anti-fungal medication.
  • Recommend long-term control and prevention techniques.

 


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