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Identifying fungal nail infections

Identifying fungal nail infections

Customers might not know what's wrong with their nail, so you may play a role in identifying the problem. They might be embarrassed, so ask if they would like to use the consultation room. Fungal nail infections occur in both men and women, but men are more commonly affected.2

Select the correct image of a mild fungal nail infection from the options below:

Incorrect This is a bacterial nail infection (paronychia). Try again.


Incorrect This is a severe fungal nail infection as it affects the nail matrix. Curanail 5% Fungal Nail treatment cannot be used. Try again.

Incorrect This is due to trauma to the nail. Try again.


Risk factors2

A number of factors can increase the risk of a fungal nail infection developing. These may help you to recognise a fungal nail infection and to tailor your self-care advice. Examples include:

  • Family history
  • Older age
  • Ill-fitting or occlusive (i.e. close-toed) footwear
  • Exposure to warm, damp environments e.g. gyms or swimming pool changing rooms
  • Repeated nail trauma, nail-biting and exposure to wet work

Remember, when treating with Curanail 5% Fungal Nail Treatment, only customers over 18 years and with no more than 2 nails affected can use this product.