Nail fungus can start as just a small discoloration or blemish in your nail, but left untreated, it can quickly spread to a painful, serious problem.
The fungus, called dermophytes, thrives on the nail’s protein makeup, called keratin. Nail fungus starts as an infection underneath the toenail, turning the nail yellow or brown and often lifting the nail bed, causing it to split. A nail bed injury opens up the possibility of all types of infections. Often fungal nails are accompanied by a second bacterial or yeast infection, which can make it painful to walk or run.
Fungal nail infections cannot be treated at home, but they are preventable!
Take the following precautions to prevent nail fungus:
- Regularly inspect your feet and toes – keep an eye out for discoloration, blemishes, or a change in texture in your nails.
- Clip your nails straight across – don’t let your nail extend beyond the tip of your toe.
- Wear shower shoes in any public facilities – avoid touching public surfaces with your bare feet.
- Wear a sock with wicking material – avoid wearing tight hosiery or thick cotton or wool socks for long periods or during periods of heavy activity.
- Don’t share your foot-related items – prevent spread of infection by not sharing your nail clippers or your shoes and socks with others.
It’s a lot easier to prevent nail fungus than to treat it. If you notice any of the signs of a fungal infection, please contact our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. We offer many types of fungal nail treatment, including laser nail therapy. Our expert team of foot doctors maintains the highest level of accreditation and stay abreast of ongoing trends in podiatry.