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Fungal Nails


Fungal nails and toe web space fungus

Onychomycosis is the medical term for toenail fungus. This is a very common infestation (not infection) of toenails.
Diabetic patients with toe deformities will have narrow webspaces (space in between the toes)and moisture will settle wherever two skin surfaces oppose each other . In a country like India where the climate is hot, fungus will find it's place. This condition is called chronic athlete's foot .


usually this condition will not lead to any serious foot complications. but it opens the gate for secondary bacterial infection and puts the foot at risk.
We can notice Whitish to yellow discoloration in the web spaces when the spread the toes.

Keeping the Webspaces dry after taking bath by wiping with cotton will prevent this intertrigal fungus.

Fungal Nails

Topical antifungal medicines are very effective in the treatment of Fungal infection on the skin.
But, they are not very effective in the infection of the toenails, especially in the diabetic patient. The medications may not penetrate the nail plate to treat the fungus. Long period of antifungal nailpolish application for months together may be needed. In such cases, we reduce the load of fungus colonisation by scrapping or cutting that part of the nail.

If you are a diabetic, foot care is essential. you must keep your feet clean and moisturous but the space in between the toes should be dry, and wear socks made of absorbent fibers. .

Symptoms of fungal nails

You may have fungal nails if one or more of your nails are -

  • Brittle and, ragged
  • Distorted in shape
  • Thickened
  • Smelling slightly foul when it's infected

You may want to see a physician if home remedies and self-care steps haven't helped. If you have diabetes and think you are developing nail deformity with fungus, contact us immediately.

Authored By Dr.G.Saravanakumar M.B.B.S, M.S., D.A., F.P.S

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