Toenail Fungus Doctor Q & A
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Toenail Fungus Doctor Q & A
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is an infection under the nail that is caused by fungi. This kind of infection is called onychomycosis, which causes darkening of the nail, a foul smell, and often causes discomfort and pain. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other toenails, skin, and fingernails. It can become painful to walk and wearing shoes can hurt. If left untreated, the toenail may separate from the nail bed.
What causes toenail fungus?
Fungi thrive in damp, dark places, such as between your toes. Some people, like those with diabetes, circulatory issues, or immune-deficiency conditions, are more prone to developing toenail fungal infections. If you spend a lot of time barefoot in damp areas, such as pools, locker rooms, and public showers, you may be more susceptible to fungal infections. Additionally, injury to the nail bed or wearing shoes that are too tight can also make one more prone to developing a nail infection. Other factors that can contribute to toenail fungus infection are chronic athlete’s foot (a fungal infection of skin of the feet) and excessive sweating.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
You may not feel any pain or discomfort from a nail fungal infection. You can even have a fungal infection for years without knowing. Fungal infections start as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail. When left untreated, as they often are, the nail will start to discolor, thicken, and crumble at the edge. After some time, there will be discomfort and eventually pain, and the nail’s integrity will be compromised.
When should I visit a podiatrist?
If you are experiencing thickening, deformity, and discoloration of the nail, then you should visit a podiatrist for treatment. It is important to seek treatment as early as possible so you will have a better chance at success for treating the infection.
How will a podiatrist diagnose and treat toenail fungus?
Most often, toenail fungus can be diagnosed just by looking at the nail and by asking what your symptoms are. However, sometimes a sample of cells must be taken from the toenail in order to diagnose the infection.
Once a fungal infection has been diagnosed, your podiatrist will likely prescribe an antibiotic or antifungal cream to treat the infected toe/toes. If severe, you may require an oral antibiotic medication. You may even receive laser treatment on the infected toe since a laser will kill the fungi that cause the infection.
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