Fungus thrives in certain conditions such as dark, damp environments, and on the body where there are an abnormal skin pH levels, and poor hygiene. Having a weak immune system and exposure to moist environments such as sweaty socks and gym floors can drive fungus growth. Toenail fungus can be very stubborn and can recur after getting it treated.
They can be found everywhere in the air, ground, plants, water, and some types live on the human skin. It is normal to have a small amount of fungus on the body, but it can overgrow and cause an infection. It can affect any part of the body. The fungus grows by shedding spores or seeds in the air. These spores can land on the skin or nails, stay there, and multiply.
Fungal spores can survive for months. Frequent exposure to environments where fungus strives can increase the risk of infection. The fungal spores can be picked up in many ways. Fungal infection occurs when the spores come through an opening on the nail. They feed on the nail tissues and dig into the layers of the nail causing the nail to thicken. As they grow, it causes the nail plate to separate from the nail bed. The space under the nail can accumulate more fungi and cause the nail to become discolored.
The fungus can infect toenails more than fingernails because they grow slower and are usually in environments where fungus thrive. Although not life-threatening, fungal nail infections can be very inconvenient and disturbing. Treating toenail fungus can be difficult. It will not go away without getting treatment.
The best type of treatment is using the PinPointe laser. This treatment is quick, painless, and does not have any harmful side effects. If you have toenail fungus, contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our podiatrists(foot doctors). We have over 100 clinics nationwide, including Deerfield Beach, Florida