What is a fungal nail infection? Are there treatments available?
Usually, fungal nail infections are not worrying conditions. Fungal nail infections can occur in both toenails and fingernails.
Normally, fungi can be found on your body alongside other bacteria. However, it is the excess or over-development of fungi that causes fungal nail infections, leading the individual to require treatment. You may also contract fungal nail infections if you have been in contact with someone who already has it.
What causes fungal nail infections? How does it develop?
A fungal nail infection can occur anywhere from a nail salon to a moist environment like your shoe. This also means that fungal nail infection and treatments tend to cater more to toenails as our feet are left in shoes for a significant portion of the day. Bacteria thrive in moist, warm environments.
If you have a fungal nail infection, it is recommended that you seek treatment instead of relying on over-the-counter medications. These medications, though pain-relieving, may not always be as effective as treatment provided by doctors.
Risk groups for fungal nail infections & possible treatments
Oftentimes, fungal nail infections are easily preventable. However, they can also be caused by a multitude of causes and there are certain groups that are at a higher risk of contracting these infections and requiring treatment.
- Diabetic people
- Elderly (individuals above 65 years of age)
- Individuals prone to skin injuries around the nail
- Shoe or boot-wearers
- Swimmers in public pools (higher amounts of bacteria)
- Individuals with weaker immune systems
Doctors may prescribe oral medications as part of your fungal nail infection treatment. If the odour, pain or swelling does not subside, seek advice from a professional.
Suffering from a fungal nail infection? Seek treatment today
Fungal nail infections can be painful. We provide treatments for fungal nail infections, ingrown toenails, corns and other such infections here. Find out more about the services and treatments we provide. Alternatively, visit us for a consultation at Malaysia or our clinic in Singapore.