What Is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is a condition that occurs when fungus begins to grow on and underneath the finger nails. This condition can affect anyone of any age, but it is most common in older adults. People often develop toenail fungus infections after they spend time walking barefooted in a public place, such as a gym, shower pool or swimming pool. Additionally, people who sweat a-lot are an increased risk for developing a toenail fungus infection.
Toenail fungus infections can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. They can also spread to other parts of the body. That is why you want to get this condition treated as soon as possible. There are a number of symptoms that may be present if you have toenail fungus. Below are 10 of the early signs of toenail fungus:
- Changes in nail shape
- Brittleness in the nail
- Nail thickening
- Lack of luster or shine in the nails
- Yellow or white streaks on the sides of the nails
- Yellow or black spots under the nail
- Debris accumulation underneath the nail
- Crumbling on the outside of the nail
- Lifting up or loosening of the nail
- The infected nail may separate from the nail bed. (This is a condition known as onycholysis.)
It is important to note that you may have nail fungus even if you only have one of these symptoms.
Complications That Can Result From Untreated Nail Fungus
Nail fungus can be very painful, and it can do serious damage to your nails. If you have a condition that weakens your immune system, such as diabetes or HIV, then your chances of developing serious complications will be even greater. Cellulitis is one of the many serious conditions that can result from untreated toenail fungus.
This is a bacterial condition that causes the skin to become red and inflamed. Cellulitis can potentially be life-threatening.
How We Can Help You
There are several over-the-counter and prescription treatments that are available for nail fungus. These medications may take a long time to work. They may also come with unpleasant side effects. That is why you should consider contacting our clinics if you have been suffering from toenail fungus.
We offer innovative laser treatment, which is the newest and most effective treatment available for nail fungus. It can be completed within 45 minutes to one hour. You will not have to worry about suffering any pain or any of the other unpleasant side effects that are associated with using other treatments. Learn more from our F.A.Q. section.
The amount of treatments that you are required to get before you notice the results can vary. However, some people notice a major improvement after just one treatment. Furthermore, eighty-five percent of people notice that their infection clears up completely after six months.