Are your toenails thick and discolored? Do you have pain or are your toenails cracked and falling off? If so, you may be experiencing a toenail fungal infection. Infections can be complicated to treat and only progress and worsen if left untreated. If you have a fungal infection, it is important that you contact a Seattle podiatric specialist from the Integrative Foot and Ankle Centers of Washington. We proudly see patients in the Seattle, Kirkland, Everett and Renton areas.
Fungal nails are often caused by yeasts, molds or fungi and are sometimes associated with athlete’s foot. Warm, moist environments are a thriving place for fungus to grow and infections can be caused by sharing grooming tools, walking barefoot in public areas and poor hygiene with the feet. Detecting fungal infections can be challenging, and treatment requires topical and oral medications prescribed by an experienced and trusted podiatrist. Meeting with a skilled Seattle podiatrist can give you the information you need to correct the problem and do what you can to keep it from happening again.
Depending on your symptoms and severity of the infection, there may be a variety of treatments available to you. In some extreme cases, toenail removal may be necessary, but others simply require antibiotic treatment.
Toenail fungus is so widely prevalent that one in every 10 Americans, which is about 23 million people, suffer from it. The agent responsible for fungal nail infections is usually a member of the group of fungi called dermatophytes. However, the toenail fungus may also be caused by yeasts and molds. They may enter a person’s skin through microscopic, invisible cuts, or via a small space that exists between your nail and nail bed. Toenails are usually kept dark, warm and moist inside a person’s shoes, which is the ideal environment for the fungi to thrive in. This is the reason why these infections usually occur in the toenails rather than the fingernails.
When an infection attacks one or more of your toenails, it usually starts out as a white or yellow dot beneath the tip of one's toenail. As it progresses and extends deeper into the affected nail, the toenail begins to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges. This is not only unpleasant to witness, but it could also turn very painful. Toenail fungus infections are difficult to treat and are known to recur.
While there are many toenail fungus home remedies and medications, most are said to be only partially or temporarily effective. Prescription medication has proven to be effective but is limited in use to patients with no other medical conditions. The breakthrough treatment of toenail fungus with lasers is an effective, lasting toenail fungus cure with no negative side effects and a remarkable rate of success.
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If you have a question regarding a fungal infection, contact Integrative Foot and Ankle Centers of Washington right away and speak with a member of our team. You can contact us directly at (425) 678-3877.