A fungal toenail infection occurs when a fungus attacks the toenail or nail bed. Fungi (plural of fungus) can attack your nails through small cuts in the skin around your nail or through the opening between your nail and nail bed.
If you have a healthy and strong immune system, a fungal toenail infection is not likely to cause serious problems. Instead, the fungal toenail may look bad, hurt, or cause permanent damage to your nail or nail bed. Fungal nail infection could lead to more serious problems if you have diabetes or a weak immune system.
Yeasts, molds, and different kinds of fungi can cause fungal nail infections. Most are caused by the same type of fungus that causes athlete’s foot.
Fungi grow best in warm, moist places, and they can spread from person to person. You can get a fungal nail infection from walking barefoot in public showers or pools or by sharing personal items, such as towels and nail clippers. If you have athlete’s foot, the fungus can spread from your skin to your nails.
A nail with a fungal infection may:
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- Turn yellow or white.
- Get thicker.
- Crumble and split, and it may separate from the skin.
When you have a fungal toenail infection, it can be uncomfortable or even painful to wear shoes, walk, or stand for a long time. The fungus could also spread to other nails or your skin.
At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will diagnose your fungal nail infection by examining the nail, discussing your health history, and possibly doing tests to look for fungi.
Whether to treat a fungal nail infection is up to you. If it isn’t treated, it won’t go away. It might get worse. At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we have a number of methods to treat fungal toenails without oral medications. These methods include topical oils and creams in addition to advanced laser treatment. We have a very high success rate in treating fungal toenails. The sooner you get into us to be treated the more likely and more quickly we can help you get rid of your toenail fungus.
With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help you overcome a toenail fungus as quickly as possible. If you think you may have a toenail fungus, give us a call to set an appointment at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org