Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. 

Who is at risk?

  • You're more likely at risk of getting fungal nail infection if you:
  • your feet aren’t clean and dry
  • use shoes that cause your feet to be hot and sweaty
  • have a weakened immune system
  • walk around barefoot in places where fungal infections can spread easily, such as communal showers, locker rooms and gyms have damaged your nails
  • have certain other medical conditions, such as diabetes, psoriasis or peripheral arterial disease

How to prevent fungal nail infections?

Taking good care of your nails by keeping them well trimmed and clean is a good way to prevent infections.

Other ways to prevent fungal infections of the nails include:

  • you should always wash your hands after touching infected nails
  • you should reduce the use of artificial nails and nail polish
  • you should dry your feet well after showering, especially between your toes
  • manicures or pedicures should be done in trustworthy salons
  • use your own items for manicures or pedicures
  • you should use socks that minimize moisture
  • avoid being barefoot in public places


How can fungal infections of the nails be treated?

Treatment options include:

  • Treatments applied to the nail (topical treatments): topical treatments are less efficient than oral treatment. They are most effective if the infection is treated at an early stage.
  • Treatment by mouth (oral treatments): the doctor should send a piece of the nail to the laboratory to make sure that the diagnosis of a fungal infection is confirmed before starting on oral treatment.
  • Laser treatments, photodynamic therapy may be helpful but are less effective than the topical and systemic treatments listed above.
  • Herbal products


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