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Toenail Fungus

Toe Nail Fungus is No Laughing Matter

Toenail fungus is no laughing matter. About 12 percent of the population suffer from toenail fungal infection, and 25 percent over the age of 40 will get infected at some time in their lives. Developing a toenail fungal infection becomes more difficult to treat as you grow older, with individuals over the age of 60 having a 50 percent risk of getting one. 


What is the root cause of the toenail fungus that affects so many individuals? 


How can the fungus that causes toenail fungus be avoided and eradicated?


A fungal toenail infection may start as a little white or yellow spot under and progress from there. Your nails will take some time to become ugly as the fungal infection progresses, leading to scaly skin and yellow, crackled, and brittle nails. Although viewed as an unpleasant cosmetic issue, the infection will also impair a patient’s immune system.


What Causes Toenail Fungus?


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment. Knowing where toenail fungus comes from before contracting the disease can help prevent future infection. The most common reason for nail fungus to develop is excessive exposure of your feet to a damp or humid environment. For example, wearing sweaty socks is a leading cause of toenail fungus. It is conceivable, though, to get infected by someone else’s virus. Swimming in a pool that is open to the public or using a public sauna is among the activities that put you at the most significant risk. Another possibility is that you could contract a nail fungus infection from someone else who you live with and with whom you share a bathroom. 


While it is true that exposure to sweat and humidity is the primary cause of fungal infection, it is also important to remember that other variables increase the possibility of developing a toenail fungus. Being an athlete is one of those risk factors since your feet are continuously sweating, so if you have an athlete’s feet, your chances of getting toenail fungus increase. If you already have the fungus on one toe, the chances of it spreading to your other toes increase dramatically. Furthermore, as previously said, after you reach the age of 65, your risk factors for contracting this unsightly fungal infection increase considerably.


Toenail Fungus: How to Prevent It


We can look at some preventative steps that you may take to reduce your chances of being a victim.


When you utilize public facilities such as locker rooms, gymnasiums, or showers, be sure to wear rubber sandals to protect your feet. Even when you’re not in the water at a public pool, you may keep these sandals on your feet for comfort.


Every time you submerge your feet in the water, be sure to dry them off completely. Never go around with your socks wet. Keep your toenails well-groomed and short to make sure that the fungal environment doesn’t get into your shoes. 


If you engage in physical activity, apply fungal preventative sprays to your socks and shoes, and replace your socks regularly.


Picking your toenail skin or hanging nails is not recommended since it may damage the skin and allow fungal substances to enter.


Consume a nutritious and well-balanced diet. One reason seniors are more prone to toenail infections is a declining physical condition.


If you see any of the symptoms of a toenail fungal infection beginning, you should consult your doctor right once. The process of treating your toenail fungal infection may be time-consuming and difficult, requiring months or even years to finish after you become infected with the fungus. Adding insult to injury, there is currently no assurance about any of the therapeutic options now available.


Get Help from Marion County Podiatry Specialists

Don’t live with ugly and annoying toenail fungus. Call Marion County Podiatry Specialists in Ocala at 352-351-4444 today.

Carl M. Salvati, DPM
Carl M. Salvati, DPM completed a three year podiatric medical and surgical residency with reconstructive rearfoot and ankle training at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL. During his time in residency, Dr Salvati had extensive experience in trauma, arthroscopy, diabetic limb salvage, and elective lower extremity procedures. He has an undergraduate BS BA degree from the University of Florida where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami, Florida. Dr. Salvati participated in various charitable endeavors including the Yucatan Crippled Children’s Project in Mexico. He is board certified by the American board of Podiatric Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Podiatric Medicine. He is also board certified in the sub-specialty of Amputation Prevention and Wound Care by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He has been Certified as a Wound Care Specialist Physician by the American Board of Wound Management. Dr Salvati is a dedicated and compassionate physician with extensive surgical and medical experience.

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