Toenail Fungus Treatment
If you have discolored, unsightly and thick toenails, you may have toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is also called onychomycosis. It often begins as either a white or yellow spot under the tip of a toenail. The deeper the fungal infection grows in your nail, the more discolored and thickened the nail becomes. You may notice that your toenail is crumbling at the edge. The fungus can affect one toe or many.
Some individuals do not experience any discomfort from toenail fungus other that its unsightliness. Others may have pain with the condition. It can be treated with certain medications along with self-care, but it often returns. Neglecting to get treatment for your toenail fungus can lead to spreading and make it difficult for you to trim your nails as they become thicker. Wearing shoes while walking could become painful. Sometimes the condition is compounded by a yeast or bacterial infection in or about the nail plate.
Medicines used in treating toenail fungus must be applied as directed on a regular basis in order to see significant results. Toenails take a long time to grow out, so treatment with medications may take a year or longer. Some medicines can be applied weekly for results, and others will need daily application.
Causes of Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus is microscopic and easy to pick up in damp areas where you may walk barefoot. This can be in the gym, swimming pools or showers. Injury to the nail bed can also make your toes more vulnerable to fungal infection. This can happen with trauma such as stubbing your toe, or it could be caused by shoes that are too tight or short.
Some individuals with certain health issues are more prone to fungal infections. Chronic diseases like diabetes, immune-deficiency issues and circulatory problems leave you more vulnerable to fungal infections. If you have a history of athlete’s foot or excessive perspiration, you are also more susceptible.
When to See a Doctor
Many people ignore toenail fungus since it does not cause pain. However, it is best to stop the infection before it spreads to your other toes. When you see discoloration or a thickening of your toenails, you should make an appointment to have an examination. Early intervention increases your chances of eradicating the infection.
Stop your fungal infection before it becomes worse. Contact the office of Dr. Stuart Mogul, and schedule an appointment for an examination.