Fungus is one of the most common dermatological problems that cause nail diseases.
The success of treatment increases when the type of fungus causing the infection is determined. Typical signs of a fungal nail infection are nail thickening, discoloration, growth, pain, and separation of the nail plate from the nail bed. The treatment of the fungus is prescribed based on the history of the disease, examination, and nail sample analysis.
At this stage, the priority of treatment is determined by the factors causing the fungal nail disease, type of fungus, and especially other problems that aggravate the infection. The second most important problem after a fungal infection is the ingrown nail. Even if it is caused by fungus many patients come to our clinic with a complaint of ingrown nails.
In the early or late stages of a fungal infection, when nail thickening, onycholysis, and, finally, a very painful ingrown nail occurs, the priority of treatment is the elimination of the fungal infection. With untreated fungus, the problem of an ingrown nail cannot be solved. Even after a temporary relief fungus will cause recurrence.
On the other hand, in case of ingrown nail problems people resort to non-medical methods and aggravate the situation. Pedicures made by non-medical staff add to the infection.
Damaged and weakened tissues deprived of a protective mechanism can also get a bacterial infection. In addition, the formation of a swollen, painful, blushing tissue called “granulation tissue” begins. Fungus makes this situation unbearable constantly provoking new infection. Therefore, even if the disease is caused by an ingrown nail and aggravated by fungus, we need to treat fungus in the first place.
Otherwise, treatment of the ingrown nail will be ineffective.
After completing a fungal infection treatment course non-surgical or surgical treatment of the ingrown nail will work.
However, in some very specific cases, when the problems of fungal infection and ingrown nails are intertwined the result can be achieved only by planning and implementing an individually selected interdisciplinary treatment.