Stop Nail Fungal – Learn how!
Fungal nail infections are common. They’re not dangerous but can take a long time to treat. Fungal infections can affect any part of the body, however this health blog today will focus on nail fungal and how we can treat infections.
Onychomycosis (OM), also called tinea unguium is a fungal infection that affects either the finger or toe nails. Fungal infections normally develop over a period of time and as such may go unnoticed as the slow changes to your nails are very subtle. [i] Then eventually you notice your toe nails looking like this:
Fungal nail infection is caused by the fungal invasion of the nail structure. It is the most common nail disorder. It’s prevalence in Europe is around 4.3% of all age groups. OM is more commonly diagnosed in men and older people, affecting 20-50% of people aged over 60 years.[ii]
The increase in OM in older people could be contributed to many things such as diabetes, inactivity, and reduced nail growth among other factors.
The NHS advise people to speak to a pharmacist if the look of your nail bothers you, is changing or its painful. A pharmacist may suggest the following:[iii]
· Antifungal nail cream – this can take up to 12 months to cure the infection and does not always work
· Nail softening cream – used for 2 weeks to soften the nail so the infection can be scraped off
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