Fungal infections (Nail infection)
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- 15 min15 minutes
- Free (if eligible)Free (if eligible)
- Columbia Street Pharmacy (GUARDIAN)
➤ Self-assessment checklist May occur in fingernails or toenails. Commonly, thickened, brittle nails starting at tip of nail and spreading to the whole nail with yellow/white or orange/brown-coloured vertical streaks. May have pain or discomfort ➤ What is a fungal nail infection? A fungal nail infection is an infection that occurs when a fungus attacks your fingernail, toenail, or nail bed. Fungi can attack your nails through small cuts in the skin around the nail or through the opening between the nail and nail bed. If you're healthy, the infection probably won't cause serious problems. ➤ What causes it? Fungal nail infections can be caused by yeasts, moulds, and other kinds of fungus. Fungi grow best in warm, moist places. They can spread from person to person. You can get a fungal nail infection from walking barefoot in public showers or pools or by sharing personal items, such as towels and nail clippers. If you have athlete's foot, the fungus can spread from your skin to your nails. You can have fungi on your skin without getting a nail infection. If you are susceptible to fungal infections, they tend to return. They can come back even after successful treatment and especially if you don't do something to prevent them. ➤ What are the symptoms? Symptoms often develop slowly over time. A nail with a fungal infection may: º Turn yellow, white, or brown. º Get thicker. º Crumble or split and may separate from the skin. A fungal nail infection usually isn't painful. But over time, you may be uncomfortable or even have pain when you wear shoes, walk, or stand for a long time. The fungus could also spread to other nails or your skin.
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