Nail fungus

Nail fungus (onychomycosis, tinea unguium) is a fungal infection that affects approximately 10% of the population, and it can occur on both fingers and toes. The fungus that attacks the nails feeds on keratin, which is the protein that forms the main component of the nails. In the event of a fungal infection, the nail will therefore break down more and more.

Symptoms

Symptoms of nail fungus can vary somewhat, but it is common for the nail to take on a yellowish tinge, for it to become deformed and eventually for the nail to loosen completely. Nail fungus typically occurs in older people, in people with a weakened immune system and in people who, for various reasons, walk a lot in tight and damp footwear.

Treatment

Although nail fungus is not dangerous for most people, for many it will be experienced as both unpleasant and embarrassing, and then it will be necessary to get treatment to get rid of the problem. Another good reason to get treatment, and ideally as soon as possible, is that a lack of treatment can cause the nail fungus to spread to several nails over time and/or cause an infection in the skin between the nails.

The most commonly used treatments against nail fungus are tablets or local treatments in the form of cream or nail polish. Medical nail polish will be most appropriate in cases where the nail fungus has had a limited spread, while tablets will be appropriate when larger parts of the nail have been infected. In both cases, the goal is for the drugs to kill the fungus so that the new nail that grows out can grow normally, but it is often very difficult to get the drugs to penetrate the nail.

Doctor
General Practitioner

At Dr.Dropin our experienced GPs provide a wide range of primary care services, similar to those provided by the NHS, either in the clinic or through video consultations.

Dermatologist

At Dr.Dropin, you will receive specialist care from our expert Consultant Dermatologists provided by skindoc. With extensive experience from both public and private hospitals, we can assess and treat most chronic and acute skin disorders – either in the clinic, through video, or via a photo upload service.