Fungal nail infection (also known as onychomycosis) refers to an infection of the toe or finger nails by fungi (dermatophytes). The prevalence is estimated between 20-25% of the population. It is important to treat fungal nail infection as soon as possible because the infection is contagious. In most cases fungal nail infections tend to look un-hygienic. The infection usually starts at the rim of the nail, which changes colour to whitish-yellow, brown or green. The fungus grows under or into the nail causing the nail plate to thicken and crumble. Sometimes the nail becomes partially or completely detached, which may be painful. In some cases the nail will completely release from the toe or finger.

Nails are infected by fungus due to nail (sports)trauma, excessive moisture, heat, perspiration or poor foot hygiene. Fungi are therefore typically found in bathrooms, dressing rooms and showers within sports clubs, around swimming pools and sauna’s. In instances of athletes foot (this is a different kind of fungus that can be found on top of the skin between the toes) there is a chance of contamination and this fungus can also lead to fungal nail infections.

How do you know you have a fungal nail infection? It's not always easy to confirm, but there are a number of common symptoms that point it that direction:

  • Dis-colouration of the nail rims (yellow, brown or green) and/or white spots on the nail.
  • Full dis-colouration of the nail from whitish-yellow to yellowish-brown.
  • Hardening and thickening of the nail.

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Prevalence

The prevalence is estimated between 20-25% of the population*. Some facts relating to foot fungal conditions:

  • Fungal infections mainly affect both men and women with children rarely suffering from the condition
  • Most cases of fungal nail affect the toenails and mainly the big toe. It is much less common in the fingernails
  • Fungal nail infections are the most common footcare ailment. It is responsible for the majority of all nail related problems

*Quantitative consumer research (MRC/GIM, France, October 2014)

 
 

Why treat fungal nail infections

Fungal nail infection (onychomycosis) is a progressive disease. If it is left untreated the infection spreads. Initially you may only see white spots or patches on the nail. They only affect the cosmetic appearance of the nail and initially there is no pain. If your nail is showing symptoms it is important to take immediate action as the fungus will gradually spread throughout the nail. If left un-treated you will run the risk of the nail becoming brittle and a possibility that you may loose the nail. The infection can spread between fingernail and toenails and from one person to another.

 

 

Do I have a fungal nail infection?

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Which Excilor treatment is right for me?

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Fungal nail infections
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  • Effective treatment - clinically proven
  • Visible results from 2 weeks on
  • Easy to use
  • 1 minute a day, no filing needed

Why choose Excilor?

  • Many products require the nail to be filed prior to application. Excilor® is clinically proven to penetrate deep into the nail within 1 minute without filing!
  • Excilor® penetrates the nail and modifies its micro-environment, making it hostile to fungal growth. This prevents further growth of the fungus
  • The classic anti-mycotic molecules are so big, they cannot penetrate the nail without filing. Excilor® treatment of the fungal nail infection takes one minute a day and will fit into your daily routine
 

Prevention

  • Regularly wash your feet and if soap is used, rinse your feet thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap
  • Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes
  • Wear clean cotton or wool socks
  • Wear shoes that allow your feet to ‘breathe’ and are not too tight. Change your shoes regularly
  • Use an antifungal product in your shoes
  • Wear sandals in areas where a lot of people walk barefoot, for example in communal showers, changing rooms and swimming pools