Fungal Toenails

Fungal Toenails Foot Problems - Madurah Podiatry

Nail fungus (Onychomycosis) is a fungal infection that occurs in both fingernails and toenails. It most commonly affects the toenails due to the harsh environment in which feet are exposed to such as closed-in shoes and moist socks. Our feet are also exposed to environments where fungal organisms thrive such as gym floors and shower cubicles.

Fungi will often cause the area around the nail to become red and irritated, initially presenting as a discolouration at the base or edges of the nail. The toenail will slowly discolour to a yellow, brown, or white, often becoming thick and extremely brittle, lifting away from the nail bed. You may experience discomfort when you put weight on any fungal infected nail.

To confirm that you do have a fungal infection, your GP may take a scraping of the infected toenail to send to pathology for testing.

There are many products available for treating fungal infections of the toenails, such as Gordochom. We also recommend debriding and filing the infected toenail regularly under sterile conditions to reduce contamination of the other toenails and improve the efficacy of the antifungal treatment.

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