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Causes and Treatment of Fungal Foot Infections

Fungal toenail infections, medically known as mycosis, stem from fungi that breach the body's resistance barriers. Fungi thrive in dark, moist conditions, making human feet an ideal breeding ground. Fungal nail infections often originate from fungal skin infections, such as athlete's foot, where the toes become particularly susceptible. Individuals with compromised health, including diabetes, poor circulation, or weakened immune systems, face an increased risk of developing fungal nail infections. Moreover, damaged nails are more susceptible to infection. Thickened, discolored nails with a green-yellow hue are common indicators of fungal toenails. As the infection progresses, nails may become soft, crumble, and eventually fall off. Fungi thrive in shared spaces like showers, towels, and footwear, spreading easily from person to person. Fungal toenail infections can be stubborn and sometimes take from 12 to 18 months to go away. Following the treatment directions of a chiropodist is essential, and good foot hygiene remains paramount in eliminating the infection. For help with a fungal toenail infection, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist.

Toenail fungus can be uncomfortable and unsightly. If you have diabetes or a compromised immune system, it may also be dangerous. To learn more about treatment options, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Does Toenail Fungus Look Like? 

A fungal infection of the toenail may cause the affected nail to become thickened, brittle, crumbly, and yellowish or brown in color. Sometimes the toenail may separate from the nail bed, become deformed, emit a foul odor, or cause pain or discomfort. 

What Causes Toenail Fungus? 

Toenail fungus is caused by a fungus that infects the nail bed. The fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments and is also contagious. Athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection of the skin, may spread to the nails and cause toenail fungus. 

What Treatments Are Available? 

Potential treatments for toenail fungus may include oral antifungal medications, topical antifungal medications, such as medicated nail polishes that are applied directly to the affected nail, and laser therapy. Sometimes, a combination of treatments is prescribed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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