A common occurrence in any medical practice is the patient who waits and waits to seek treatment simply because they feel embarrassed about a condition or symptom they’re experiencing. At our practice, the embarrassing culprit is usually toenail fungus. This unwanted guest will take up residence and the human host will just keep covering it up, hoping someday it will go away. But this course of action usually doesn’t do the trick. So, let’s break down some of the stigmas and talk about toenail fungus prevention and treatment.
What Is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is a type of fungal infection that affects the toenail. And, contrary to what the wary patients keeping the condition hidden in their shoes for months on end would have you believe, it’s a pretty common condition. Initially, toenail fungus presents as a white or yellowish spot on the toenail. Left untreated, this discoloration will permeate the entire nail. Later, the nail can also grow quite thick or become brittle and flaky at the ends.
You can develop toenail fungus from someone else who is affected or from keeping your dirty sneakers in constant rotation. Fungus flourishes in moist, warm conditions. Think: Locker rooms, pools, or even sweaty shoes.
Who Is More Susceptible to Developing Toenail Fungus?
- You are diabetic, have poor circulation, or are immunocompromised.
- You have a cut or injury on your foot.
- You have athlete’s foot.
- You find yourself in communal areas that are moist or warm, such as shower/locker rooms, pools, hot tubs, etc., especially if you are walking around barefoot.
- You share a living space with someone who has toenail fungus.
- You wear shoes and socks that don’t breathe.
- You work in a moist or warm environment.
- You have a family history.
- You sweat a lot.
- You have decreased blood flow to the feet.
While toenail fungus may simply seem an eyesore, it can also cause feet to smell and sometimes become painful. Toenail fungus can also leave toenails permanently damaged. If it goes without treatment for too long, toenail fungus can cause other health problems and lead to infections in other parts of the body.
Are You Suffering From Toenail Fungus In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?
If you're suffering from toenail fungus you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!