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Fungal nail infection

A fungal nail infection is where 1 of your nails (usually a toenail) is infected with a fungus.

A fungal nail infection can make the affected nail discoloured and brittle.

You can get creams for a fungal nail infection from a pharmacy. A GP may prescribe antifungal tablets if the infection is severe.

You can help prevent fungal nail infections by keeping your feet clean and dry.

Read more on the NHS website.

A fungal nail infection can make the affected nail discoloured and brittle.

Check if it's a fungal nail infection

Fungal nail infections usually affect your toenails, but you can get them on your fingernails, too.

A fungal nail infection on the edge of a toenail.Fungal nail infections usually start at the edge of the nail.

A fungal nail infection that's spread across a whole toenail.They often then spread to the middle. The nail becomes discoloured and lifts off.

A broken toenail caused by a fungal nail infection.The nail becomes brittle and pieces can break off. It can cause pain and swelling in the skin around the nail.

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You can get creams for a fungal nail infection from a pharmacy. A GP may prescribe antifungal tablets if the infection is severe.

Medical treatments

Your GP can prescribe antifungal tablets. You'll need to take these every day for up to 6 months.

Tablets can have side effects, including:

  • headaches
  • itching
  • loss of taste
  • diarrhoea

You cannot take antifungal tablets if you're pregnant or have certain conditions. They can damage your liver.

Badly infected nails sometimes need to be removed. It's a small procedure done while the area is numbed (under local anaesthetic).

Read more on the NHS website.

You can help prevent fungal nail infections by keeping your feet clean and dry.

Read more on the NHS website.