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Nail Fungus – Onychomycosis

Posted on 30. Oct, 2013 by in Nails, Skin Conditions

Onychomycosis  fancy name for nail fungus.  Nails can be brittle and thickened causing the nail to appear distorted. The nail (usually the toe) will either appear yellow or chalky white depending on the dematophyte involved. The affected nail or nails will over time become loosened and/or separate from the nail bed.

The people most at risk for Onychomycosis are those over 40, those with Diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and those with weakened immune systems, other factors include improperly fitting shoes, communal showers, sweaty feet or not adequately drying feet.  The risk of not treating Onychomycosis is the potential for developing a secondary infection in or around the nail bed.

You should not wait if you notice the above symptoms. Call your dermatologist to schedule an appointment. A treatment will be given to prevent any further infection.

 

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