Nail fungus should be taken seriously. It is a common and contagious condition that accounts for nearly 50% of nail problems.
About nail fungus
Nail fungus is a contagious fungal infection.
The fungi most commonly involved in toenail infections are Trichophyton rubrum (athlete's foot) and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (ringworm). These fungi like warm, moist environments such as shoes. It is common to be exposed to fungi in public places such as gym locker rooms, shower rooms, and swimming pools. Because there is less blood flowing through the feet, the immune system has to work harder to fight off a fungus.
Impact on daily life
If left untreated, nail fungus infections can cause pain and mobility problems. This can happen as the nails thicken with the progression of the infection. Wearing closed shoes, exercising and standing can become painful. That's why it's recommended that nail fungus be treated quickly before the infection gets worse and spreads to other toenails or fingernails.
Nail fungus treatments
Dermago can help treating your nail fungus.
Do not wait until the infection is severe before starting treatment.
Topical treatments are usually applied directly to the affected nails and have a local effect, i.e. they work against the fungus in the nail and in the nail bed.
Oral treatments have a systemic effect and are often necessary for fungal nail infections that affect the root, also called the nail matrix.
Our team will suggest the most appropriate treatment depending on the type of fungus and the severity of the infection.
What are nail fungus?
Onychomycosis is a progressive fungal infection that usually affects the toenails and does not heal spontaneously. In order to hasten healing, and thus prevent permanent destruction of the nail, it is necessary to correctly identify and diagnose this disease and treat it as soon as possible
Here is how to recognize a fungal nail infection:
Discoloration of the affected nail
Fragility and crumbling
Fingernails can also be infected by nail fungus.
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