Nail fungus is a common condition most commonly brought on by exposure to warm, moist environments. To follow are some of the most common questions surrounding toenail fungus.
- Why do people get toenail fungus? Toenails are more susceptible to nail fungus than fingernails because fungi thrive in moist,
dark environments, just like the inside your shoes. Toes also receive less blood flow than fingers, which makes it more difficult for your body to recognize a forming infection.
- Who is most likely to develop foot fungus? Anyone can be infected by foot fungus, however there are certain risk factors that can increase the likelihood of an infection. Elderly individuals are more likely to develop infection from fungus because as we age, there is a decrease in circulation throughout the body. Those who heavily sweat, work in humid, moist environments and are male are also at a greater risk.
- How can I avoid foot fungus? Be sure to always wear socks that properly ventilate feet. Cotton is a safe fabric. If your shoes are wet, try to remove them as soon as possible so that feet can air dry. It is also recommended that if you spend any time in public showers and swimming pools, you should wear flip-flops to keep skin from coming into direct contact with fungus.
- What can happen if I have foot fungus and I don’t get treatment? Foot fungus can become extremely painful, and an infection can cause permanent and unsightly damage to toenails and surrounding tissue. It is also possible for the infection to spread beyond your feet and affect other parts of your body. If you have diabetes, a compromised immune system or any other health problems and have a fungal toenail infection, it is recommended that you see a board certified podiatrist immediately.
- How can fungal toenail infections be treated? Over the counter lotions and nail polishes are often ineffective for most patients. In the past, the best option for treatment was the surgical removal of infected tissue. Surgery was painful, and required patients to stay off their feet for a few days during recovery. Now, most podiatrists use laser treatments to eradicate fungal infections with no pain or downtime. In fact, laser treatments only take approximately 10 minutes to complete. This treatment rapidly kills the fungus and diminishes the likelihood of recurrence. However, once an individual has contracted a fungal infection in his or her lifetime, they are permanently susceptible to fungal infections in the future. It is advised that patients take the necessary precautions to actively avoid and protect themselves.
Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment in Houston
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