Onychomycosis, nail fungus, commonly known as nail fungi, is a nail infection created by harmful microorganisms. Infection occurs mainly in the feet, as these opportunistic microorganisms develop mainly in the presence of moisture, heat and darkness.
It is an infection that can be troublesome, since it usually affects the skin first, in the form of athlete’s foot. Onychomycosis can spread to other areas of the body later, including the nails. Several parts of the nail may be affected, including the root, the nail bed (bottom of the nail) and the nail plaque (visible part of the nail).
It is recognized by a yellowish coloration and a flaky look of the nail. The onset of the infection bothers the patient for aesthetic reasons, but as the infection progresses, the patient may experience pain or discomfort.
It is not always easy to identify onychomycosis, as it can be similar to other conditions or problems. This is due in particular to poor lifestyle or prolonged tobacco use.
Onychomycosis (nail fungus) can be identified by our podiatrists. Clinical tests or extensive observations can lead to rapid confirmation of diagnosis. Following the diagnosis of the condition, our podiatrists will perform an aseptic debridement of the nail, often combined with an oral or topical medication (the podiatrist may prescribe the same medications as a doctor or dermatologist).
This medication should always be accompanied by a treatment for onychomycosis. The type of treatment will vary depending on the level of infection defined as well as your medical condition.
It is important to keep in mind that this pathology is highly contagious and can even damage your fingernail. This is why rigorous monitoring is necessary.
If you see a slight change in the look of your nail, don’t delay in consulting us. The sooner you consult, the sooner the treatments will be effective and the infection will be controlled. Contact us if you have any doubts!