While nail fungus may be an embarrassing problem, it is actually quite common. While a fungal infection on the skin of the foot is commonly known as athlete’s foot, a nail fungal infection develops in and under the toenail. Nail fungus begins as a small yellow spot on the nail, but when it becomes more advanced it can become unpleasant and unattractive. Symptoms may include:
When left untreated, these problems can worsen and even cause pain and discomfort, making it difficult to walk.
Nail fungal infections afflict men more than women. It’s also more likely to strike people with compromised immune systems, elderly people and diabetics.
While it may be tempting to treat nail fungus at home, that isn’t a good idea. Fungal infections can be difficult to kill once and for all. If not treated professionally, your fungal problem might continue to come back.
Fungus thrives in dark, warm places–like sweaty socks. However, some common places to pick up a nail fungal infection are
If you’re prone to sweaty feet, consider switching to moisture-wicking socks to keep fungus causing moisture at bay.
If you think you are suffering from a nail fungus infection, don’t wait–call the doctors at Podiatrist Centers at 773-375-7106 or 708-422-4300 today to make an appointment to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.