Frequently asked questions about nail fungus
What causes nail fungus?
Nail fungus is caused by cracks in the skin that allow the nail fungus to enter the nail. In other words, many cases of nail fungus are caused by poor foot hygiene. You should thoroughly cleanse and moisturise your feet regularly. Diabetics and athletes are particularly susceptible to fungal nail infections.
What treatment options are available?
There are two different types of medication used to treat fungal nail infections: a systemic antifungal drug or a topical antifungal nail lacquer. Topical lacquers such as Loceryl® are applied directly to the affected nail. Systemic drugs are taken orally in the form of tablets, which require a prescription from your doctor. Topical antifungal lacquers, on the other hand, are available over-the-counter at your local the pharmacy.
Can nail fungus also affect the fingers?
Nail fungus primarily affects the toenails. However, fingernails may also become infected with nail fungus. With fingernail fungus, the nail fungus penetrates the fingertip beneath the nail plate, where it spreads. Initially, the nail begins to look dull and loses its shine, then the fingernail thickens and turns yellow. This discolouration is a significant aesthetic issue, especially for women. Loceryl® is an antifungal nail lacquer, which can be covered with a coat of coloured nail polish throughout your course of treatment.
Is nail fungus painful?
A fungal infection of the nails can cause yellowish spots and can lead to fingernails or toenails becoming thicker or deformed. This can also cause the nails to become brittle or even fall off, which ultimately causes pain. That’s why you should start treating your nail fungus as early as possible.
Can coloured nail polish be used during treatment?
There are various topical lacquers that can be used to treat nail fungus. Loceryl® is unique in that you can apply a coat of cosmetic nail polish on top throughout your course of treatment. Particularly for women affected by fungal nail infections, this can greatly reduce the psychological burden during treatment, which can take up to 12 months in severe cases. The nail fungus is virtually invisible once you conceal it with nail polish.
What are typical nail fungus symptoms?
Fingernails and toenails lose their shine.
White, yellow or brown spots appear on the nails.
The nail becomes unusually thick.
Fingernails or toenails become brittle and cracked.
You experience pain around the nail.