Dr Chan yung


    Onychomycosis (tinea unguium) is the fungal infection of the nail including finger/toe nails, with increasing prevalence in the elderly. It is characterized by white or yellow nail discoloration, thickening of the nail and separation of the nail from the nail bed.

    The risk of developing onychomycosis can be increased by the warm and moist environment of many sports activities, expecially with occlusive footwear and trauma to the foot and toenail. Once infected, patients usually have to undergo a long duration of treatment with strict compliance. Oral antifungal and laser therapies are effective for Onychomycosis.

    In order to decrease recurrence and reinfection rates, there are some preventive recommendations:

    Better sanitisation of footwear
    Wear well-ventilated shoes such as sandals and mesh shoes
    Trim toenails regularly and keep it clean
    Change socks and dry feet off after doing sports
    Avoid prolong wearing of socks full of sweat and moisture
    Avoid sharing footwear in public area such as gym

Healthy Toenail

Fungal Infected Toenail