Fungal Toenails

Fungal Toenails

 

Onychomycosis  or  as they are commonly known Fungal toenails are unsightly the nails will often become thickened and they will appear different in colour to that of normal nails. Fungal nails often appear as a yellowish brown or white discolouration of the nail. The nail plate will often thicken as the infection progresses, they may also become brittle and we often see the nails crumble and break apart. Nails can also lift from the underlying nail bed this can also lead to other issues such as subungal ulcers (an ulcer below the nail plate).

 Nail fungus is the result of infection by several organisms called dermatophytes the main one being Trichophyton rubrum. This is the most common dermatophyte involved in onychomycosis however there are also several yeasts and moulds that can cause this type of infections well.

Fungal Nail infections can often result from damage to the nail plate which allows the fungus to invade the nail plate.

Nail Fungus will often occur when poor hygiene is used to cut nails, we are finding this is the case with patients who use cheap nail bars where no acceptable forms of sterilisation are used. Other factors that may contribute to this infection include diabetes, ill-fitting footwear and use of communal showers.

 

 Fungal Toenails

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 Pictures of fungal toenails before and after treatment.