Nail infections are typically caused by a fungus that belongs to a group of fungi called dermatophytes. A small percentage of nail fungus cases can also be caused by other types of fungus such as mold or yeast, so an accurate diagnosis should be undertaken to pick the most effective treatment.
Fungal toenail infections have the double effect of being painful and crippling one’s self-confidence. Many people, embarrassed of their nail fungus, police their own foot-wear to avoid exposing their toes and cannot enjoy wearing regular shoes.
Once a nail infection begins and it can persist indefinitely if not treated, and even spread to other toes.
There are several different forms of treatment including
Getting prescription from doctors is advisable because toe nail fungus can lead to other complications in individuals with diabetes or other immune deficiency disorders.
Some oral medications can increase the risk of harmful liver-related side effects in certain individuals, so be cautious about doctors who want to treat you with oral, rather than topical medications.
You should visit a podiatrist when you notice any discoloration, thickening, or deformity of your toenails. The earlier you seek professional treatment, the greater your chance at getting your nails to clear.
As part of our wide range of treatments for nail conditions, StepEase Podiatry experts can assist with toenail fungus by treating infected nails and restoring them to their original health.
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