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By Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists
December 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Dealing with toenail fungus? We can help!

While toenail fungus may seem like a rather innocuous condition it can also be unrelenting and chronic. If you are having issues with Toenail Funguspersistent or severe toenail fungal infections then it’s time you sought treatment from your Virginia Beach, VA podiatrists Drs. David and Carrie Cho.

What causes toenail fungus?

Many fungal infections are caused by fungus that is found in wet environments like gym showers and swimming pools. One of the most common types of fungus to cause infection is Trichophyton rubrum. This fungus usually infects the skin first and then moves to the nail. The other most common cause of this infection is a type of yeast called onychomycosis.

Who is at an increased risk for fungal infections?

Since athletes are more likely to be in communal areas like gyms or pools they tend to be more susceptible to toenail fungus. This could also be because athletes usually wear more form-fitted, sweaty clothes, which can increase their chances of developing a fungal infection.

Also, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions are at risk. Any condition (e.g. cancer; diabetes) that negatively impacts your immune system will unfortunately leave you prone to infections such as these.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

If you are battling a toenail fungus then you or your Virginia Beach foot doctor may notice any of these symptoms upon inspection:

  • Thickened, brittle or crumbling nails
  • Nails that are misshapen or distorted
  • Nails that are dull and have no shine
  • Nails that have changed color

An infected toenail may also move away from the nail bed, which can cause pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we can help!

Is toenail fungus contagious?

Even though fungal infections are contracted through communal environments these fungal infections aren’t highly contagious. But these infections can still be transmitted from person to person if they have close contact. This is why it isn’t surprising to find more than one family member dealing with toenail fungus.

When should I see a doctor?

If you’ve tried over-the-counter measures without success, if you are experiencing any pain or noticing a foul odor, or if you have a circulation disorder or diabetes then you need to come in for treatment right away. The sooner you come in the better chance we have of preventing any complications.

Turn to the podiatric experts at Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists for all of your foot-care needs. Don’t let fungal infections affect your foot health. We are here for you!