Symptoms of fungal nail can vary dependent upon the severity and type of infection.
Common features of fungal nail infections include:
- Discoloured, yellow patches may appear and spread, usually at the tip of the nail.
- Nail becomes thick rough or brittle
- Crumbling or jagged edges
- Nail splitting from the skin beneath
Fungal nail issues are caused when fungus has spread under the nail into the nail bed. Fungal infections can often occur due to walking barefoot in communal change rooms, gyms, swimming pools, showers and incorrect hygiene of shoes.
Treatments can range from the simple to the more complex, dependant on the severity. If treated early fungal nail has a higher success rate of cure.
Common treatments are:
- Tea Tree Oil
- Topical Antifungal Treatments
- In severe cases a doctor’s visit maybe required for oral medications
AMA Podiatry would recommend having a correct diagnosis of the problem area (sometimes it may not be a fungal infection), by a qualified podiatrist. In consultation with yourself they can recommend a treatment plan to suit.