Fungus may be present everywhere in the environment. They are usually found in warm and moist environments like showers and pools. Public places are known to have fungus, but it can be in your own home too. Molds and fungus can live in carpeting for years.
When fungal spores transfer to the skin and over grow, this begins a fungal infection. Fungus is stubborn and will not go away on its own. It is also very contagious so it can transfer from one surface to another or from person to person.
If you have a family member that has toenail fungus, your surfaces at home like your carpet or shower floors might have fungus too. You have to be careful when walking around so you will not get the infection too.
A fungal nail infection can begin without you knowing. Symptoms can show slowly and will only get worse. Symptoms of toenail fungus include yellow or brown discoloration, thickening or deformation of the nail, and crumbling or brittle nails. In some cases, toenail fungus may cause a foul odor or cause the nail to fall off.
Treating toenail fungus can be difficult because the fungus infects the nail bed as well. Not only is initial treatment difficult, but also post treatment. Toenail fungus can be treated easily with the PinPointe laser. The PinPoint laser uses a concentrated heat source to kill all the fungus infecting the toenail. After the treatment, your nail should grow back healthy.
Following the treatment is post treatment care. The fungus may be treated on the toenail, but reinfection can occur. You would also need to get rid of the fungus in the surrounding environment. When you get treatment for toenail fungus, you should clean your floors and carpet to prevent another infection.
If you have toenail fungus or it’s symptoms, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors. We have over 120 clinics in the United States and Canada, including Las Vegas, Nevada.