For many people, summertime means wearing summer sandals or jandals. But what if your toes had a fungal nail infection? Yikes!
Don’t think you would suffer from it? Think again – it’s estimated 1 in 4 Kiwis over 60 have suffered from a fungal nail infection in the last 12 months.
What causes fungal nail infections?
Fungal nail infections are caused by a fungus or bacteria spreading under the nail into the nail bed. These infections can be easily picked up anywhere there is a warm and moist environment that allows the fungus to spread from one person to another, for example swimming pools, public showers, and changing rooms.
Other factors contributing to fungal nail infections include wearing tight shoes, injury to the nail, advancing age and pre-existing medical conditions.
Also, if your partner has a fungal nail infection they could infect you too. Are their tootsies looking a little off-colour?
The first signs of fungal nail infection are usually discolouration of the nail. The affected nail can show a yellowish-brown appearance.
How to fix fungal nail infections?
Early treatment is important so that the condition does not progress and cause pain and discomfort. There are many treatments on the market that can help get rid of a fungal nail infections. Head into your local pharmacy or see your GP for advice on what will work best for you.