Fight fungal nail at first sight

Spot the early signs and help stop fungal nail infection in its tracks with advice and treatment from Scholl

Smelly trainers

Fungal nail infection is caused by a common fungus called Trichophyton which thrives in warm and damp conditions such as closed shoes or trainers. These fungi also cause athlete’s foot, and consequently one third of athlete’s foot sufferers will develop a fungal nail infection.1

New research by Scholl reveals that over 60% of people in a UK survey of 2,000 are experiencing possible early signs of fungal nail infection such as thickness, discolouration and brittleness but many are doing nothing to treat it. In fact, only 16% have consulted their GP, 15% treated symptoms with remedies from the pharmacy and a mere 8% talked to their pharmacist for advice.2

If left untreated, fungal nail infection can lead to permanent nail damage or even worse, the complete loss of the nail. You can treat at the first signs with a specifically designed fungal nail treatment.

Lecturer in Podiatry at the University of Salford, Michael Harrison Blount, reiterates the importance of spotting and treating the early signs of fungal nail to reduce the spread of infection: “Most fungal nail infections initially begin as mild infections affecting a small portion of the nail and are almost always secondary to a skin infection called athlete’s foot.”

“ Treatment for the nail takes place over a nine to twelve month period and if it’s not addressed in the mild to moderate stage, treatment can take much longer. It is important when using a topical nail treatment to treat any affected skin at the same time to prevent re-infection and improve treatment outcomes. Recurrence rates of infection can be up to 65% if the infection is not targeted at the source.”

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Michael gives his top tips for spotting the infection to help you to treat fungal nail at the first signs:

  • Discoloration of the nail is a common sign of infection - this can result in your nail turning black, white, yellow or even green. You may also develop white or yellow patches on the nail bed
  • Thickness, flakiness and brittleness of the nail are also symptoms of a fungal nail infection. This can lead to sections of the nail breaking off or coming completely away from the toe
  • Skin around your nail may be inflamed or painful, or could have a scaly appearance
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If you think you have a fungal nail infection, Michael recommends:

  • Give your feet room to breathe. Cramming your feet into tight high heels or letting them swelter in trainers could make a fungal nail much worse as fungi flourish in warm, damp environments
  • Don’t paint over the cracks! As tempting as it may be to hide the problem by using nail varnish or false nails, these can actually contribute to the infection spreading
  • Use separate clippers for infected nails and sterilise pedicure tools by cleaning them thoroughly
  • If the infection is mild, treat the affected nails using a specially formulated fungal nail treatment; these are available at all good pharmacies. If symptoms are more severe, seek advice from a podiatrist or GP.
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  2. Research of 2,000 by onepoll commissioned by scholl, may 2015
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