Nail Fungus

Friday, May 24, 2013

A fungal infection of the nails causes thickened, discolored nails that can be painful. Find out more about fungal nail infections from Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A fungal nail infection occurs when fungi invade a fingernail, a toenail or the nailbed. Toenails are more commonly affected than fingernails, because they grow very slowly, allowing the fungi more time to develop. Infected toenails require longer treatment time.

People who often go to public swimming pools, gyms or shower rooms often have these infections.

You may first notice a fungal nail infection when a nail or skin under the nail becomes discolored, damaged, thickened or broken. If not treated, a fungal infection may worsen and spread to other parts of the nail, the nail bed, and the surrounding skin. Over time, the whole nail may become infected and eventually fall out.

Treatment for a fungal nail infection include using topical or oral medications, and taking steps to prevent the infection from returning. Without treatment, fungal nail infections tend to get worse, infecting more of the nail or surrounding skin. Early treatment may shorten treatment time and increase your chances of being cured.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.