While the thought of Toe Nail Fungus may be slightly off-putting, it’s actually a very common condition.
Toe nail fungus is an infection that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toe nail. As the infection develops and the fungus goes deeper, your nails will begin to look discoloured and they may start to thicken and crumble at the edge.
Other symptoms of toe nail fungus include:
- Smelly odour
- Dark nail colour- often caused by debris building under the nail
- Changes in the shape of the nail
- Thickening of nail
- Whitish to yellow-brown discolouration
- Crumbly, brittle or ragged nails
Although nail fungus mainly affects the toes, you can also develop nail fungus in your fingernails also.
If you suffer from toe tail fungus and your condition doesn’t necessarily cause pain or discomfort, you may not be rushing to get it treated. But as the condition develops, the nail begins to thicken and crumble around the edges, resulting in sharp edges and more discomfort as the condition gets worse. Many people at this point will begin seeking treatment.
Toe nail fungus can develop in people at any age, although it’s typically more common in older adults.
It’s caused by various fungal organisms (fungi). This condition can start from athlete’s foot and spread from one nail to another, although it’s uncommon to catch the infection from someone else.
Toe nail fungus can result in complications, particularly if you have a severe case of infection as this may cause permanent damage to the nails. It can also result in other serious infections that spread beyond the feet, this is more common in people with a suppressed immune system due to other conditions, medications, and diabetes etc.
When it comes to treatment, many people often find that the over-the-counter treatments are not effective. Laser treatment is a new method, but a method with very promising results.
The laser targets the affected nail and the lower layer of the skin and nail bed then absorb this laser, this creates heat under the skin’s surface. This heat then sufficiently destroys the dermatophytes, therefore, this allows the nail plate to return to normal.
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