Does the thought of summer sandals make you cringe? Do you hide your toes because you don’t like the way they look? The problem may be nail fungus, and if it is, you’re not alone.
What is nail fungus?
Nail fungus is a common infection that affects the nails on your toes. It’s so common that it actually accounts for nearly 50% of nail problems.
How do I know if I have nail fungus?
Nail fungus is a fungal nail infection also referred to as onychomycosis. While this infection can affect people of all ages, it is believed that elderly people are more likely to develop nail fungus.
While all infections are different, the most common signs and symptoms of nail fungus are:
• Yellow, white or brown discolouration on the toenail
• Toenails that are fragile, crumbling, thick or brittle
Nail fungus does not often go away on its own, and it can also spread to other toenails and the skin around them, so it’s very important to get treatment right away to prevent the infection from getting worse.
What causes nail fungus?
Fungus like to grow in warm, moist places, so your toes are a perfect breeding ground. Public spaces like gyms, public showers, hot yoga studios and public pools are common places for nail fungus to spread because people are barefoot and the environments are warm and wet.
Why should I treat nail fungus?
Nail fungus can be difficult to treat, so it’s important to seek help as soon as you notice the problem. And even though this infection will most likely not cause any serious health concerns, leaving it untreated allows your nails to become a fungal reservoir which could lead to more infections down the road. These infections can cause painful cracks in the skin, leaving an opening which make the feet more susceptible to additional bacterial infections.
Fungal nail infections are also contagious, so seeking treatment is also a matter of being considerate to others. Every time you enter a gym or a locker room with bare feet and foot fungus, you are potentially exposing others to your infection.
How is nail fungus treated?
Nail fungus is treated through the use of a prescription ointment developed to kill the fungus and prevent its regrowth.
The team of professionals at Aldershot Foot Care are experts in treating nail fungus. Call for an assessment today and get your toes on the path to recovery.