Toenail Fungus

What is nail fungus?

Nail fungus refers to an infection under the toenail. Most fungi prefer dark, damp, and warm conditions, making the foot the ideal territory for them to breed, especially if you wear closed and cold-resistant shoes.

Nail fungus typically makes itself known by yellow or white marks under the nail. At first, these marks might not seem like anything, though over time, they can completely discolor your nail from its natural color to black or green.

Nails affected by a fungus get brittle and crumbly. In some cases, these nails can loosen, be lifted easily, and grow in unusual directions. The fungus also causes your nail to thicken, making it very difficult to cut through.

The longer you wait for treatment, the more painful the infection will get.

What causes fungus toenails?

Fungus spores exist around us everywhere, though most won’t cause us any harm. Some dangerous fungus spores can live on your body without ever causing an infection.

A nail fungus can come about for two main reasons. On the one hand, you might experience fungus toenails if the amount of spores in your environment is too large for your body to resist infection. On the other, you're more susceptible to nail fungus if you have a weakened immune system.

You’re also at risk of contracting a nail fungus if you identify with any of the below.

  • Smoke regularly
  • Spend lots of time in the water
  • Walk barefoot in hot, humid places
  • Wear closed-toe shoes
  • Wear plastic gloves for multiple hours

If a person carries a nail fungus, you’re more likely to catch it too if you don’t maintain proper personal hygiene during your interaction.

How do you treat nail fungus?

The podiatry team at specialists can recommend a series of treatments to help you get rid of your fungus. The primary purpose of this treatment is not only to eliminate pain but also to restore the natural appearance of your nail. To do so, your podiatrist might give you oral medication, cream, and perform laser therapy.

If you’ve waited too long to get medical attention and the infection has worsened, you might need surgery to remove the infection. Your podiatrist clears out the infected tissue to promote the growth of a new, healthy nail.

KeryFlex™ Nail Restoration System is also an effective way of treating nail fungus. Your doctor uses resin to cover the affected nail. This protects and seals the area while antifungal medications work their magic.

Prompt treatment for nail fungus is essential to avoid pain and contaminating others. Get in touch with specialists today by phone or online to learn more.

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