What is toenail fungus, where does it come from and how do I get rid of it?
It’s estimated that over 35 million people have nail fungus and fungal infections make up about half of all problems related to nails. When it goes untreated, a toenail fungus can make your feet look like a mess. Summer time isn’t as fun if you have to keep your toes and feet covered up due to embarrassment over the way they look. So don’t let a problem with toenail fungus get out of control – identify the problem and get it treated immediately by local Boston, MA area Podiatrist.
What is it?
You may be up in the air as to whether or not you actually have toenail fungus. There are a few telltale signs:
- Yellow, green or discolored nails
- Nails lifting and deteriorating
- Thick, pasty looking nails
- Bad smell
- Crackly, chipped or ridged nails
You’ll know when there’s something wrong if you don’t feel confident enough to show off your toes in public.
Where Does Toenail Fungus Come From?
Boston, MA podiatrists, see plenty of cases of toenail fungus every year, and most of his patients want to know where it came from. Fungus grows and thrives in a wet or moist environment. There are a few ways that patients get toenail fungus:
- Walking around barefoot in public showers
- Allowing feet to stay moist when wearing socks and shoes
- Injury to the toes from either playing sports or wearing tight fitting shoes, which makes it easier for fungus to find its way under the nail
Also, fungus can be contagious, so avoid sharing socks and shoes with other people. Once your toenails are back to normal, it’s important that you keep them healthy and clean. Dry them completely when you leave the bathtub, wear shoes or slippers, and when you trim them, cut them straight across, not too low.
If you’re looking for a qualified foot doctor in your neighborhood, call New England Podiatry at 617-232-1752 to make an appointment-scheduling request online.