Spotting the Early Signs of Fungal Nail Infection


Some people suffer from persistent infections in their nails. These are fungal nail infections that can recur multiple times unless treated on time. It is better to be aware of the potential symptoms of the condition, so that you are better prepared to keep the infection at bay or even prevent its occurrence. Bear in mind that not every symptom points to a fungal nail infection, but knowing the symptoms always helps. Read on for some tips on identifying and preventing the infection, and how to use Scholl to get the best results. You must opt for medical treatment if the problem is a painful one – early detection can mean the difference between early prevention and a lifelong infection.

Fungal Nail: The Early Signs

A fungal nail infection starts off being quite painless. But you must be on the guard for the following signs of a fungal nail infection, such as:

  • A thickened nail, as well as yellowing. In some cases, the nail can even turn white or black.
  • Yellowish streaks in the nail bed of the nail (towards the base) and on the underside of the nail. You can see these when you cut your nails.
  • A noticeable build-up of skin fragments under the nail.
  • More brittle nails that break easily.
  • A thickened nail that leads to the nail getting separated from the skin.
  • Pain and discomfort in the nail and toe, which requires prolonged treatment. 

But why do they occur?

Fungi can enter the nail through a cut in the skin. The fungus enters the nail and settles there. Fungal skin infections can also infect the toenails, and also lead to conditions like athlete's foot.

These fungi grow and thrive in warm, damp environments. The infection is likely to occur after wearing closed shoes for long periods of time, or if your footwear prevents the feet from getting completely dry. Swimming pools, public saunas and similarly hot and humid areas can harbor this fungus and also pass it on to others.

About a third of people with athlete's foot are likely to develop a nail infection[1]. Senior citizens who suffer from conditions such as diabetes or athlete’s foot have a higher propensity towards developing fungal nail infections. Athlete's foot usually affects the skin between the toes, causing it to become red, flaky and itchy.

Act Fast!

Simple self-care methods can be quite effective in most cases of fungal nail infections. For example, wearing light footwear that does not overheat the feet, clipping the nails short and maintaining a high level of foot hygiene can all prevent fungal nail infections. Early action is recommended so that the condition may be resolved sooner and further treatment also becomes easier.

If there are persistent signs of fungal nail, it is best to consult your doctor and get started on treatment as soon as possible.

What to Do

  • Scholl’s fungal nail solutions can help you manage the symptoms and find the root cause of fungal nail infection. Find more information on fungal nail and its treatment
  • After treatment, maintain foot dryness at all times. Wear different pairs of shoes, and socks that allow the skin to breathe instead of becoming sweaty.
  • Maintain a daily foot-care and cleaning routine. Showering often, clipping the toenails short, and maintaining general good health all help.
  • Don’t share your manicure and pedicure implements, such as nail clippers, brushes and files.
  • Replace your old footwear with new ones, and get new shoes when you are undergoing treatment. Do not wear the same pair of shoes twice in a row – alternate with another pair so that the shoes may dry completely before next use. 

If you have a fungal infection and the symptoms appear to be worsening, it means that the problem needs medical treatment. See a doctor right away if your toes become painful, red, or oozy.

[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fungal-nail-infection/Pages/Causes.aspx