Studies suggest that in about 1 in 4 cases where the infection has been cleared from the nail, the infection returns within three years. One way to help prevent a further bout of nail infection is to treat athlete's foot (tinea pedis) as early as possible to stop the infection spreading to the nail. Athlete's foot is common and may recur from time to time. It is easy to treat with an antifungal cream which you can buy from pharmacies, or obtain on prescription. The first sign of athlete's foot is itchy and scaling skin between the toes. See separate leaflet called Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis) for more details . Also:
Treatment may be offered if fungi or fungal spores are detected, to prevent the disease from 'taking hold' or from spreading to others. For example, some people found to have a heavy growth or high spore count may be advised to take a course of antifungal tablets. Others with a low count may be treated with just an antifungal shampoo or cream. But note : this measure is for close contacts, such as brothers and sisters. Screening in schools where an affected child attends is not usually needed. However, if more than two children in a class are infected, the rest of the class may be screened by scalp brushing (after parental consent).
Fungal Skin Infections are caused by an excessive growth of fungus on the skin's surface, affecting the skin, hair or nails. Common fungal infections include ringworm, tinea versicolor, jock itch, male yeast infection and intertrigo, or skin fold rash. Symptoms vary per condition but may include itchy, scaly red rash, discoloration and inflammation. Humid climates or stress may trigger an overgrowth of yeast, leading to a fungal skin infection. Other contributing factors include obesity, weakened immune system and wearing tight-fitting clothing. It is also possible to contract a fungal infection, such as ringworm, by coming into contact with someone who has an infection, as they may be contagious. To help avoid fungal infection, keep skin clean and dry, and avoid sharing towels, hairbrushes and combs.