Nail Fungus, or onychomycosis, can cause painful and unsightly discoloration, thickening or crumbling of the toenails. Left untreated, nail fungus can lead to serious infection or permanent nail damage. Beginning as a white or yellow spot under the nail, nail fungus eventually turns into a more severe, unsightly condition. Because the toes receive less blood circulation than the fingers and are less exposed to ventilation, toenails are much more likely to develop nail fungus than finger nails. Aging often makes one susceptible to nail fungus because of decreased blood circulation and thicker, more slowly growing nails.
The following factors also increase one’s risk of developing fungal nails:
- Wearing thick socks and shoes that prevent ventilation
- Heavy perspiration
- Having athlete’s foot or psoriasis
- Diabetes and circulation problems
- Previous injury or infection to the skin or nails
Prevention of nail fungus
If you have had nail fungus in the past or are at increased risk of nail fungus, the following measures will help prevent fungus from developing:
- Avoid going barefoot in public areas.
- Wear clean synthetic socks that keep your feet dry.
- Use an antifungal powder or spray on your feet.
- Let your feet ventilate during the day by removing your shoes after exercise or wearing open toed shoes.
Visit RENOVA Foot and Ankle to Treat Toenail Fungus
Nail fungus can lead to permanent damage of the nails or infection. It is especially important that patients with diabetes or a weakened immune system seek immediate treatment to avoid serious infection brought on by nail fungus. If you notice a white or yellow spot under your nails or are experiencing advanced symptoms of nail fungus, schedule an appointment at Renova today.