Myth #1: Nail polish keeps toenail fungus away.
Wearing nail polish does not keep toenail fungus away. It actually attracts toenail fungus! Applying nail polish traps moisture in, thus creating a dark, warm, and moist environment. This is the perfect environment for fungus to thrive. From time to time, give your nail a break from nail polish. Let your nails time to rest and breathe to prevent nail fungus. Most importantly, always keep them dry.
Myth #2: Toenail fungus is caused by poor hygiene.
Even if you have the cleanest feet in the world, you can still get toenail fungus. Good hygiene may be important, but there are other risk factors at play. Toenail fungus is very contagious and can be contracted from damaging the nail bed or other underlying health conditions. Even if someone has very good hygiene, they can still get toenail fungus from a pedicure at a nail salon, or from public places where fungus is common, e.g. public pools and gym lockers.
Myth #3: Thick and discolored nails mean you have toenail fungus
Toenail fungus can cause toenail to be thick and discolored, but thick and discolored nails does not necessarily mean you have toenail fungus. There may be a different underlying condition such as nail psoriasis. It would be best to go to a podiatrist to have it diagnosed properly.
Myth #4: Toenail fungus looks gross, but is harmless
Toenail fungus may seem like a cosmetic issue, but it is not harmless. It is called an infection for a reason. Ignoring a fungal nail infection, and leaving it untreated will only make it worse and spread to the other parts of the foot. Severe cases of toenail fungus can cause you pain. If you have a compromised immune system, you may be vulnerable to a more serious medical condition.
Myth #5: You don’t need to go to a doctor for toenail fungus.
Fungal nail infections may not seem like a serious health condition, but you need to see a foot doctor to have this treated. Home remedies may be popular but they are usually ineffective. You can not treat yourself using over the counter medication either. Toenail fungus merits medical attention because only a specialist can diagnose your case and recommend proper treatment.
If you have toenail fungus, consult with one of our podiatrists to discuss the treatment. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We have over 120 toenail fungus treatment clinics nationwide, including Somerville, MA.