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Fungal Nail Infections

Fungal nail infections are very common with most of us experiencing one at some point in our lifetime. They are usually not deemed serious, however treatments can speed up recovery and minimise any unpleasant symptoms. You can order fungal nail infection medication here online, or learn more about the condition below.

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Fungal Nail Infections FAQs

What are fungal nail infections?

Typically, nail infections are caused by fungi that belong to the dermatophyte group. This fungi may be present on your body or may have been spread through contact with another person. Fungi develop in warm, damp environments, which is why infections are often common to toenails and feet in general. To prevent outbreaks, you should keep your feet clean and dry.

Are prescription treatments better?

Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies may be sufficient at treating superficial infections, however prescription options are required for more serious cases. For example, Terbinafine is considerably stronger than OTC treatments. Taken orally in 250mg doses, it combats dermatophyte infections.

How long does the treatment last?

The length of treatment depends on the medication's active ingredient(s), as well as the severity of the infection. Milder cases can clear up within as early as two weeks, however it is not uncommon for infected toenails to take up to twelve months to be completely cured.

What are the symptoms of fungal nail infections?

A fungal nail infection, also known as onychomycosis, may affect one or more toenails and fingernails. It can present in a number of different ways:

  • Lateral onychomycosis — this is where a white or yellow opaque streak appears across the nail.
  • Subungual hyperkeratosis — this is scaling on the underside of the nail.
  • Distal onycholysis— with this presentation, the tip of the nail will lift, and can occasionally crumble away.
  • Superficial white onychomycosis — the top of the nail will be covered by white patches and pits.
  • Proximal onychomycosis — yellow spots will appear in the lunula. This is the white half-circle at the base of the nail.
  • Onychoma or dermatophytoma — a thick localised area of infection in the nail plate.

How does the treatment work?

Antifungal medications work by forcing holes in the fungi cell membranes. This causes them to leak and subsequently die. Different treatments have different durations, from between 2-6 weeks and 12 months. You should speak with a doctor for a greater understanding of the mechanics of specific medications.

How long do fungal nail infections last?

If left untreated, fungal infections can become permanent and even spread to other parts of the body. That is why you should contact a doctor and begin treatment as soon as you first notice symptoms.

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