Ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away. This is particularly true when it comes to health issues. Dismissing a health problem as minor or just hoping that it resolves itself usually makes things worse. Such can be the case with toenail fungus. If you develop this common condition, don’t just treat it as an unattractive annoyance. If you fail to treat toenail fungus, it can lead to severe infections that can keep you off your feet – or worse.
What is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is highly contagious and quickly spread. You can get it walking on wet surfaces, at a nail salon, or anywhere your feet come into contact with a surface where the fungus lives. The fungus may make your toenails discolored, thick, brittle, and separated from the nail bed. Since toenail fungus is a living, growing organism, it may take some time between the time you come into contact with the fungus and the time symptoms become visible.
When you do realize that you may have an issue with toenail fungus, there are plenty of over-the-counter anti-fungal ointments and creams that can help resolve the issue. For particularly stubborn or severe cases, JAWSpodiatry offers an advanced, innovative, safe, and effective treatment for toenail fungus called Clearanail sometimes called the “silver bullet” for attacking and curing toenail fungus.
What Are the Dangers of a Toenail Fungus Infection?
The problem with not treating toenail fungus goes beyond continued discomfort and discoloration. If the fungus is allowed to continue growing, it can penetrate the skin under the nail and ultimately infect the toe itself. From there, the infection can spread to other parts of the body. These infections, in turn, can lead to a whole host of other problems, including:
- a resurgence of the infection
- a permanent loss of the affected nail
- discoloration of the infected nail
- the spread of infection to other areas of the body and possibly the bloodstream
- the development of a bacterial skin infection called cellulitis
It’s particularly important to see a podiatrist if you have diabetes or other immune system disorders and believe you have a fungal nail infection. People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing potentially severe complications caused by toenail fungus infections.
While uninfected cases of nail fungus may be able to be treated with over-the-counter medications, infections require professional medical attention and prescription medications to
JAWSpodiatry: Your Hollywood Foot and Ankle Specialists
If you are experiencing any symptoms of toenail fungus or think you may have an infection, the experienced and skilled podiatrists at JAWSpodiatry in Hollywood, Florida can help. We offer the highest degree of care in a welcoming, comfortable environment and are committed to providing an exceptional patient experience. To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call us at (954) 922-7333.