Fungal nails are caused by a fungus that lives in the nails, slowly destroying them. Your nails usually appear thick, brittle, discoloured and deformed.

The fungus thrives on moist warm areas of your skin and nails and will spread if:

  • you do not dry your feet thoroughly
  • you wear dirty socks
  • you share your towels
  • you ash your feet too much
  • your toe nails are damaged
  • you have damp, warm feet.

Preventing fungal nails

To reduce the risks of developing fungal nails wash your feet every day using mild soaps. Dry your feet well, especially between your toes.

Change your socks or tights daily and alternate your footwear. Allow your skin to breathe. Wear socks made from natural materials like cotton or wool.

Treating fungal nails

See your pharmacist or GP for medication to treat the fungus. See your podiatrist for care and advice.

Remember – poor hygiene can lead to re-infection.

Consult a podiatrist for advice

The podiatry administration office can be contacted on 01274 221165.

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