Recognising and treating onychomycosis (fungal nail)

Dealing with fungal nail

Onychomycosis is a common fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. It can cause discolouration and thickening of one or more nails over a long period of time.

You can get fungal nail from sharing nail clippers or towels, from walking barefoot in public showers or pools or if you have athlete’s foot and the fungus spreads from your skin to your nail.

If you think you have a fungal infection, see your doctor, who can confirm what it is and how to treat it.

Treatment options include applying medication topically to the nail (cream, ointments or paints) and/or taking an oral antifungal medication (tablets or capsules).

If your doctor prescribes medication, your Life Pharmacist can discuss how to take or apply the medication and answer any questions you might have.


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