Whether it’s sandal season or not, you don’t want toenail fungus. Toenail and foot fungus are both common conditions. They generally don't cause much pain. This is why so many people ignore it until the pain sets in.
Let’s talk today about what causes this type of fungus? What can it do? How can you prevent it? How is it treated? We’re talking all that AND more…
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Toenail fungus is a fungal infection in the toenail. It happens when a fungus gets in the nail bed from a cut or break in the nail, and penetrates the nail itself. On the other hand, a foot fungus is a fungal infection of the skin, better known as athlete’s foot. The fungus enters through cracks in the skin. It’s known as “athlete’s foot” because athletes are more at risk due to all the sweating. Kids are also more at risk because they often don’t switch shoes. Switching shoes decreases your risk of getting foot fungus.
The fungus could be anything from mold to yeast to other types of fungus. As for the toenail fungus, the nail then continues to grow over the fungus. Once a nail plate is infected with fungus, it will not be infected, and you must wait to see how it grows out, and whether the new nail growing behind it is healthy. The new nail rarely grows healthy without treatment.
Toenail fungus is more common among older people. The most common reason for toe fungus is constant damage to the nail. Wearing shoes that are too small can hurt the nail and make it more vulnerable to fungus. Also, you may be at a greater risk of toenail fungus if you have diabetes, or a weaker immune system.
So, it becomes important to look for signs. When you have toenail fungus, the nail tends to be thick. It’s a little bit more brittle and breaks easily. Discoloration of nails is also very common. It could lead to yellow, brown, or dark-white nails. It’s not always painful, but it may hurt if the nail gets so thick that it pushes into the skin.
So, what are your options for the treatment of fungus? If you think you have it, you should see a podiatrist or dermatologist. They will send a specimen or a piece of your nail to a lab. Fungus treatment is different depending on the type. The doctor needs to know which kind you have before anything can be prescribed.
Also, sometimes the root of the problem is not a fungus at all. It’s another condition. Sometimes, it’s some kind of trauma to the nail bed. For instance, if you dropped something on your toe. There’s no treatment for toenail trauma, but removing the nail may be smart if it’s hurting too much.
If you do have a toenail fungus, your doctor will likely recommend one or more of the following treatment options…
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