Infection may not cause any obvious symptoms at first. As it progresses, it can alter the appearance of nails, making them difficult to care for and uncomfortable or painful.
Fungal nail infection symptoms include:
The skin nearby can also become infected and be itchy and cracked or red and swollen.
Although fungal nail infections do not pose a serious health risk, they can be unpleasant, painful and a source of embarrassment.
Athlete’s foot is a common complaint that is caused by a fungus that lives in the keratin that makes up the outer layer of the skin. Fungal nail infection occurs when this spreads to the keratin of the nailplate.
Though less common, fungal nail infection can also be due to yeasts such as Candida, or other molds not associated with athlete’s foot.
Since fungi prefer warm, dark, and moist places, feet and toenails are more frequently affected than hands and fingernails.
You can reduce your risk of developing an infection by:
Fungal nail infection has traditionally been difficult to treat. Options such as antifungal tablets can have side effects, whilst topical treatments can take a long time with disappointing results.
Our Fungal Nail Laser treatment at Farnham Foot Clinic now offers a safe, faster, effective option.
The therapy works by using light pulses that penetrate the nail, raising the temperature of micro-organisms and reaching deeper fungi without damaging the surrounding tissue.
The Fungal Laser treatment is painless. There is no downtime, and it is suitable for men and women and diabetics.