Onychomycosis (tinea unguium) or “Nail Fungus”
Onychomycosis is also known as a fungal infection of the toenail. This results in discolouration, thickening, crumbling, chalkiness and even malodour of the affected nail. Fungal infections are contagious and are generally spread in public “wet areas” such as public showers, spas and pools.
People with diabetes or suppressed immune systems are at an increased risk of fungal infections. Other risk factors include wearing tight occlusive footwear, repeated trauma to the nail bed during physical activity, communal showering, family history and increasing age.
There are many forms of treatment, however, it is highly recommended for an assessment by a podiatrist at Elite Podiatryprior to commencing any treatment.