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Onychomycosis is a common fungal toenail condition. The fungus lives in the nail bed and feeds off the protein in the nail. The condition usually begins in the nail of the big toe and initially presents as patches of white or yellow –brown discolouration.

As the condition worsens, the toenail may become brittle and grow deformed and thicker. Many patients become very conscious about a fungus nail condition and don’t like their nails to be seen in public.

There are many over the counter remedies for fungal conditions but effectiveness depends on a number of factors including the type of fungus, current health status and concurrent medications. Be aware that toenail fungus rarely heals on its own so consult your podiatrist if you notice any colour changes to your nail. They will prescribe the best treatment for you.

What you can do to help prevent fungal infection:

  • Only wear clean socks every day
  • Don’t wear shoes that are too tight which may cause trauma to your toes – this may allow fungus to enter
  • Wear thongs in community showers or around pool areas.
  • Wash your feet every day and dry them thoroughly
  • Thoroughly clean pedicure tools before you use them

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