What Are The Long Term Effects of Toenail Fungus?

long term effects of toenail fungusAre you concerned about the long term effects of toenail fungus? If so, you’ll probably find the following information helpful.

Fungal nail infection is very common. So, you’re definitely not alone. Studies indicate that well over fifty percent of adults deal with the problem, before the age of 70. Men are typically more likely to get toenail fungus. Those who aren’t proactive, in regard to treating the condition, typically face the following issues.

Spread of Infection

It takes time for toenail fungus to reach the severe stage. It doesn’t magically appear overnight. However, left untreated, the infection is capable of spreading. In many cases, it only spreads from toe to toe. But, certain groups of individuals are more susceptible to the possibility of infection spreading to other parts of the body.

Individuals who are diabetic, elderly, or take certain types of medication are more likely to see fungal nail infection spreading to the foot or beyond. People with poor circulation and psoriasis are also at greater risk.

Fungal spores enter the body through small cuts or scratches and travel through the bloodstream to other areas. Although rare, the worse case scenario of untreated toenail fungus is gangrene.

Another of the many long-term effects of toenail fungus is unknowingly passing the condition on to someone else. If you have a fungal nail infection, never share personal grooming items such as toenail clippers or scissors. Don’t visit the spa or public pool without wearing flip-flops and don’t let someone else wear your shoes.

Difficulty Walking

Not treating toenail fungus can end up being very painful, to the point where you can’t comfortably wear shoes. Toes become inflamed, which causes swelling. The nail might become separated from the nail bed underneath. This causes even more pain.

If you work in an industry, where you’re required to do a great deal of walking or standing, another long term effect of toenail fungus can be loss of income.

Embarrassment and Depression

Many people who don’t actively treat this condition end up being embarrassed and depressed. They stop participating in activities such as swimming, going to the spa and anything else that requires them to go without shoes.

Even interacting with other family members is a potential embarrassment, especially in private situations. This embarrassment sometimes leads to depression and feelings of inadequacy.

If you still have questions about the long term effects of toenail fungus, please take a few minutes to contact our office. We are readily available to discuss the best treatment option and to help you maintain fungus-free feet.

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