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Nail fungus

ONYCHOMYCOSIS

Nail fungus has become a growing cause of consultation in recent years. There are many over-the-counter products available, but what should you choose? It is therefore important to consult a podiatrist who will give you the facts about your infection and will use evidence-based data to guide you in the treatment of nail fungus.

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NAIS FUNGUS

About this condition

Onychomycosis is a nail condition caused by microscopic fungi that often live on our skin without causing us any problems. These fungi thrive in warm, humid and dark places, especially in shoes and boots. Often the skin will show a fungal infection called athlete's foot. If not treated properly, it can spread to the nails.

 

Once infected, the nail becomes progressively yellowish discolored, thicker and deformed. If this condition is not treated properly, the infection can spread to the other toes. This condition is common and affects mostly adults, but children can also be affected. Nearly 50% of people who have one or more nails affected are 70 years old or older. However, not all thickened or yellowed nails are affected by fungus. Other pathologies can be diagnosed.

 

In addition to the environments that are favorable to the development of fungi, mentioned above, other factors can lead to this infection. Indeed, a genetic predisposition, poor blood circulation of the feet, an immunosuppressed state of the person, a sudden trauma or repeated strain injury are all causes for the development of the infection.

A FEW TIPS

In case of nail fungus, or to avoid it:

Air out boots and shoes by removing the false sole

Wear wool socks, which absorb moisture

Wear shoes and boots of the right size: length, width and depth

Consult one of our podiatrists at Clinique de Podiatrie Montarville 

At the Clinique de Podiatrie Montarville, we can treat this condition by starting with a debridement of the nails (manual/mechanical cleaning) using sterile instruments. In addition, a test confirming the presence of the fungus can be performed on site. Then, depending on the patient's goals and expectations, the podiatrist may perform other interventions to reduce the spread of the infection and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Finally, a follow-up is provided to accompany the patient in his fight against nail fungus!

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