No kind of fungus is good and when it comes to toenail fungus we prefer to have it taken care of quickly. Toenail fungus is a commonly seen condition amongst podiatrists and one that should be treated in the name of good hygiene. It begins as a faint white or yellow color under your toenail. Toenail fungus, as it worsens, can spread to multiple nails and even create crumbling or chipping. The differences between a healthy toenail without nail fungus is super distinctive between one that is infected with nail fungus.
To ensure that you have a good idea of toenail fungus we are going to cover some of the most important topics surrounding it. This includes what causes toenail fungus, the symptoms, and without a doubt the most recommended treatments for toenail fungus.
How people get toenail fungus
If you didn’t know already, fungus thrives in warm and damp environments. Your feet and toenails are the ideal place for that all burrowed under your socks and shoes. Toenail fungus is found in people of all ages and is caused by specific organisms of fungus or molds and yeasts. However, the most common type of fungus seen here is called dermatophyte. In regards to the last statement, it’s not wrong. Toenail and general nail fungus can be found in people of all ages. Though it is a lot more frequent with older adults. When the nails age along with our body they become dry and brittle. When something even such as nails becomes dry enough it will crack, very similar to very dry skin. So when these nails crack it becomes more vulnerable and allows the fungi to enter more easily. From time to time podiatrists see a weakened immune system and bad blood circulation as the cause of toenail fungus.
We covered that fungus is more likely to grow in a damp and warm environment. But here are some more points that can increase the risk of you getting toenail fungus:
- Skin or nail injury that allows opening
- Foot perspiration
- Athletes foot or history of condition
- Poor blood circulation
Mentioned above and up until this point are the most common causes of toenail fungus. Causes and symptoms vary greatly from person to person so if you’re questioning whether or not you have toenail fungus then consult with your local podiatrist.
Symptoms of toenail fungus
It can not be stressed enough that toenail fungus is one of the many conditions that is easily spotted. Toenail fungus symptoms include yellow/white discoloration, foul odor, cracking of the nail (dryness), and shape distortion. These symptoms of nail fungus can be seen on your toenails as well as your fingernails but more commonly on your toenails.
Treating toenail fungus
If you regularly consult with your podiatrist or doctor then running it by them that you have toenail fungus infection is a good idea. You can explain to them your specific symptoms and what’s happening. They could recommend some basic over the counter treatments and at home remedies to help heal. Or they may suggest coming into their office for a better look at whats happening.
Antifungal cream can be applied after soaking your feet in a foot bath or something similar to it. You rub the antifungal cream into the infected area of the nails. Sometimes your podiatrist may recommend thinning the nails down before the application of cream which can be done by the podiatrist themselves.
Nail Polish (medicated)
Antifungal nail polish is usually applied over the course of a week and at the end, you wipe off all of the layers with alcohol. The process is repeated and can sometimes last all the way up until a year. If this is something you have considered or didn’t know existed speak with your podiatrist first.
Keeping feet dry
Hand in hand with eliminating the environment that fungi thrive in. If you make sure to wear clean socks and thoroughly dry your feet after they become wet you will reduce the risk of nail fungus infections.
Nail fungus can be stubborn and hard to get rid of at times too! If these treatments and basic prevention aren’t helping you in the mission to getting rid of your toenail fungus infection then give our team a call at (303) 422-6043 or schedule online at tmfa.co.visit!