Fungal Nail Infection
Quick Appointment

Fungal Nail Infection

A fungal nail infection, medically known as onychomycosis or nail fungus, is a prevalent condition that typically affects the toenails. This occurs when fungi infiltrate and thrive within the nail bed and nail plate, leading to various changes in the nail's appearance, such as :

  1. Thickened Nails
  2. Yellowish discoloration
  3. Brittle or Crumbly nails
  4. Distorted nail shape
  5. Separation from nail bed 

Causes of Fungal Nail Infection

Fungal nail infections are predominantly caused by dermato-phytes, which are common fungi found in warm and moist environments. The infection can spread through direct contact with contaminated surfaces or by walking barefoot in places like swimming pools, locker rooms, or public showers. People with weakened immune systems, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, or a history of nail trauma are more susceptible to developing fungal nail infections.

Treatment of Fungal Nail Infection

Treating fungal nail infections can be challenging and often requires consistent and prolonged efforts. Some common treatment options include:

  1. Antifungal Medications: Skin doctors may prescribe oral antifungal medications like terbinafine or itra-con-azole to treat the infection. These medications facilitate the growth of new, healthy nails, free from fungal infection.
  2. Topical Antifungal Creams: Antifungal creams or ointments can be directly applied to the infected nail and surrounding skin to target the fungus.
  3. Nail Lacquers: Prescription-strength antifungal nail lacquers can be directly applied to the infected nails.
  4. Laser Therapy: Some cases may benefit from laser therapy, which effectively targets and destroys the fungus.

Consulting with a healthcare professional, preferably a dermatologist or podiatrist, is essential for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Early intervention and adherence to the treatment regimen can significantly improve the chances of effectively resolving the fungal nail infection.

Request An Appointment
Citrine Clinic

SCO- 19, Huda Market Road, Sector 15 Part 2,
Market Gurugram, Haryana 122001, India.

Clinic Timing: Monday - Saturday: 10 AM – 7 PM | Sunday: Closed
Phone: +91-9868649805 | +91-9810652808
Landline: 0124 411 6808