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Do I have fungal nails?

Yellow crumbling toenails? Red itchy skin? Unsure if you have a fungal infection? We can help diagnose and treat fungal infections.



What are fungal nails?

Fungal nail infections are common. It causes visual changes to the nail such as colour, thickness and can they can become more brittle. Sometimes it can cause mal odour.


The Fungi that cause these infections is called Dermatophytes. There are many different stains and they generally live harmlessly on the skin. Dark, warm and moist environments (like inside our shoes!) are the perfect environment for dermatophytes to multiply


How can I know for sure that its fungal?

We can test it!!!! It is quick and easy for us to test if your nails are fungal. We take a few clippings and use the five-minuet fungal test (Home | fiveminutefungus) to get the results.


What can I do about them?

That’s where we come in! fungal infections are notoriously hard to treat. There are many over the counter products available and it is very dependent on the severity of the infection to whether they will work or not.

The key ingredient when treating fungal infections is called terbinafine. This can come in the form of oral tablets, creams, powders, sprays and ointments.


How do I know which treatment is for me?

Most commonly we suggest oral terbinafine tablets as they are the most effective. However, making the commitment to take 1 terbinafine tablet per day for 3 months is not a decision that should be taken lightly. We write a letter to your GP and they would then asses you for suitability. Like ANY medications there can be side effects and terbinafine can have effect on hepatic function. It is also not advised to take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.




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