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Nail Fungus Infection Singapore
Typically, nail fungus occurs when entering through a small trauma (cut or break) in the nail. Nail fungus is not caused by poor hygiene. Nail fungus can be spread from person to person. It may be difficult to determine exactly where or how acquired fungal infection. However, a warm and wet (eg, dressing room) is a good place for the fungus to grow.
What Are the Symptoms of Nail Fungus?
A fungal nail infection can make your nails thick and discolored. Rarely, you may feel pain in your toes or fingertips.
How is Nail Fungus Diagnosed?
Your doctor may be able to tell if you have a fungal nail infection by looking carefully at your nails. He may erode some of the tissue under the nail and look at it under a microscope or send it to a lab to determine the type of infection.
How is Nail Fungus Treated?
Treatment for nail fungus may include topical creams or oral medication (anti-fungals), but topical antifungal medication is not likely to cure the infection. Rarely, surgery may be required. Although rarely done, removal of the infected nail can be done to allow the direct application of a topical antifungal. Oral medications can cure approximately 50% of fungal nail infection.
Nail infection harder to treat ==because nails grow more slowly. In addition, moist, warm environment of a shoe or boot can encourage the growth of fungus.
How Can I Prevent Getting Nail Fungus?
To avoid getting nail fungus infection:
- Avoid walking barefoot in public places, such as locker room
- Keep the inside of your shoes dry and change socks frequently (cotton socks 100% recommended)
- Wear shoes that fit properly (shoes with a wide toe area and the people who do not suppress the toes)
- Use absorbent powder or anti-fungal
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