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Nail fungus is a very common condition caused by a fungal infection in the nail (onychomycosis). Toenails are much more frequently affected than fingernails. The fungus feeds on the keratin-rich nail protein, leading to damage on and under the nail.
All about nail fungus
Changes to and discolouration of the nail are often the first signs of a fungal infection. Initially, spots may appear on the nail, which are either elongated or semi-circular, whitish, yellow or grey-brown in colour, and have sharp or irregular edges. Over time, the nail plate may thicken; it may become fragile and brittle as more and more of the original nail substance is destroyed. If this continues untreated, the nail may become detached from the nail bed entirely.
How is Nail Fungus Treated?
Nail fungus must always be treated as it won't heal on its own. Depending on the type and severity of the infection, there is a range of options for treating both fingernail and toenail fungus. Topical antifungal nail lacquers (e.g. Loceryl® nail lacquer that treats fungal infections) are available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. Loceryl® nail lacquer can be used for mild onychomycosis treatment
If the nail plate is more severely affected and/or the nail root is affected, then antifungal prescription treatments may be necessary. Consult your Healthcare professional if fungal infections fail to improve or symptoms worsen.
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