Toenail fungus, known medically as onychomycosis is quite simply an infection of the toenail, and sometimes the surrounding tissue. Around 20 percent of the population have had it at one time of the other, according to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, making it a quite common condition. It’s especially common in seniors, as more than ¾ of people over the age of 60 are affected by it.
Risk Factors of Developing Toenail Fungus
As mentioned, being older ups your risk of developing the condition. This is because older individuals can have reduced blood flow, slower growing toenail, and have had more years to be exposed to fungi. For many individuals the condition is purely a cosmetic annoyance, but it can be painful for some people and even lead to complications, which we’ll discuss below.
If your feet perspire heavily, wear shoes that impede ventilation, or wear socks that don’t absorb perspiration, you increase your likelihood of getting the disease.
Because toenail fungus is contagious, if you live with someone who has it, you can catch it. In addition, if you spend time barefoot at poors or in locker rooms or showers, then you up your chances of catching it.
If you or your family have a history of nail fungus, whether on your hands or feet, you’re more likely to get it. Having a history of athlete’s foot also puts you at a higher risk, as does being a male.
Individuals who have circulation issues, weakened immune systems, diabetes, or Down syndrome are also at an increased risk of it.
Complications of Toenail Fungus
Many cases of toenail fungus don’t lead to further problems, but some do. An especially severe case can be quite painful and can lead to permanent nail damage. What’s more, if you also have a suppressed immune system due to other conditions, medication, or diabetes for example, a toenail infection can spread beyond your toes.
People with diabetes are at risk for complications from toenail function. This is because these individuals can have a reduction in both nerves supplied to the feet and blood circulation making that at a higher risk of cellulitis, which is a bacterial skin infection. It is very important for people who have diabetes and toenail fungus to see their physician immediately and regularly.
We provide toenail fungus treatment here at New Look Vein & Aesthetic Center. Call us today if you have this condition or are looking for other cosmetic services, such as Latisse, BOTOX, dermal filler,, and aesthetic surgery.