A fungal nail infection is an unsightly inconvenience that can affect even the most diligent hygienic person. While cross contamination from non sterilised instruments used in some day spas and foot salons has been recognised as a primary source of infection, a fungal infection may be contracted any time. Nails that are damage or have separated away from the nail bed are particularly susceptible to the fungal spores living in our environment.
After infection, the nail plate may become thickened and yellow in appearance, often becoming rough and crumbly. There is usually no pain associated with a fungal infection however if left untreated, the infection may spread to your other nails, or to other people within your family. There are many treatment options available including both oral and topical medications. Assessment of your medical history and nail condition will allow your Podiatrist to advise you on the best course of action. Successful treatment and recovery of your nail may take as long as 12 months.