You can treat your fungal nail infection with an oral or topical (where a drug is placed directly on your skin) anti-fungal product. Very often nail infection occurs under the nail plate, hence the normal nail lacquer has limited effectiveness in treating the infection as the active ingredients cannot penetrate the tough exterior surface of the nail. Seek treatment with a doctor if you suspect you have a nail infection.
Treating a fungal nail infection can be a lengthy process, and most treatments can take several months to start to show visible changes. Seek treatment with a doctor if you suspect you have a nail infection.
Yes you can, though you’re seven times more likely to get an infection on one of your toenails than on one of your fingernails. This is because the environments your feet are in, (moist socks and shoes, public changing rooms or swimming pool floors) are where the fungi that cause fungal nail infections are most often found.
Yes, it is contagious and if you don't treat the infection, there's a chance it will spread to other nails, so it is important to start your treatment as early as possible. It is best to avoid changing rooms, swimming pools and nail/beauty salons while you have a fungal nail infection to prevent the infection from spreading.
The best way to avoid future fungal nail infections is to take good care of your feet and nails. For example, always dry your feet carefully, and wear flip flops in swimming pools or public changing rooms. Click here for more top tips on prevention.