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Fungal nail infections usually affect your toenails but you can get them on your finger nails too.
Fungal nail infections usually start at the edge of the nail, and they often then spread to the middle. The nail becomes discoloured and lifts off and swelling in the skin around the nail. Fungal nail infections develop when your feet are constantly warm and damp. You’re more likely to get an infection if you wear trainers for a long time and have hot, sweaty feet.
If you have diabetes you should see a foot specialist because any foot injury can lead to complications.
Most fungal nail infections do not need medication. You should:
How do I treat?
If the look of your nail bothers you or it’s painful, speak to your pharmacist. They may suggest treatment with medication:
The infection is cured when you see healthy nail growing back at the base.
Speak to your pharmacist – for advice if you’re not sure which type of medicine is best for you and your symptoms.
When should I seek advice?
Seek further advice from your GP if;