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Fungal nail infections are common. The infection causes thickened and unsightly nails which sometimes become painful. Toenails are more commonly affected than fingernails. It is more common in people aged over 55, and in younger people who share communal showers.

 

Fungal nails

 

Fungal nail infections are common. The infection causes thickened and unsightly nails which sometimes become painful. Toenails are more commonly affected than fingernails. It is more common in people aged over 55, and in younger people who share communal showers.Fungal nails can spread from a fungal skin infection. like athlete’s foot. A nail that has recently been damaged is also more likely to become infected. You have an increased risk of developing a fungal nail infection if you have various other conditions like diabetes, psoriasis, poor circulation, a poor immune system or a general poor state of health.

Often the infection is just in one nail, but several may be affected. At first the infection is usually painless. The nail may look thickened and discoloured but there are no other symptoms. White or yellow patches may appear. The nail may become soft and crumble. Bits of nail may fall off. The skin next to the nail may be inflamed or scaly. If left untreated, the infection may eventually destroy the nail and the nailbed, and may become painful.

Fungal nails are difficult to treat and treatment does not always cure the infection and even if it does, it may not restore the nail’s appearance to normal. The antifungal medicines used need to be taken for several months – sometimes longer.

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