Nail Fungus (onychomycosis)

Many people don’t realize they have a fungal nail problem also referred to as Onychomycosis.  It is a contagious infection of the nail caused by the same fungal organisms which cause ringworm of the skin.  The infection is underneath the surface of the nail, which can also penetrate the nail. In addition to causing difficulty and pain when walking or running, fungal nail infections are often accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection in or about the nail plate.

A group of fungi called dermophytes easily attack the nail, thriving off keratin, the nail’s protein substance. When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in color, and foul smelling. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, white marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the fingernails.

If a pedicure technician doesn’t know how to recognize a fungal infection, and they don’t take the proper precautions, they can spread the fungus from one nail to another. If they don’t properly disinfect the files and equipment they use, they can even spread the fungus from one client to another.

Nail bed injury may make the nail more susceptible to all types of infection, including fungal infection. Those who suffer chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to fungal nails. Other contributory factors may be a history of Athlete’s foot and excessive perspiration.

You may have a nail fungal infection if one or more of your nails are:

Thickened

Brittle, crumbly or ragged

Distorted in shape

Flat or dull, having lost luster and shine

Yellow, green, brown or black in color, caused by debris building up under your nail.

Treat with Footlogix topical nail tincture.  Nail fungal infections may be difficult to treat, and they may recur.  Medications are available to help clear up a nail fungal infection permanently.