Nail fungus is a very common nail issue. It starts as a yellow or white spot on the nail that will eventually affect the whole nail. It can spread to other nails as well. The fungal infection may cause the nail to discolor, thicken, and break apart. This condition is caused by a fungus that can also infect other parts of the body.
When the fungal nail infection is ignored or left untreated, it will only get worse and the fungus may spread. The fungus may spread to the surrounding skin on the foot and result in athletes foot. When it spreads to the genital area, it becomes jock itch. If the fungus spreads to the skin, the skin may become itchy, red, and cracked.
A crack in the skin may let bacteria in. This puts you at risk of a bacterial skin infection known as cellulitis. You are at greater risk if you have diabetes because you may have reduced blood circulation and nerve supply to you extremities.
Cellulitis usually affects the skin on the feet. The affected area becomes swollen, red, warm, and painful to the touch. If left untreated, the infection may spread to the bloodstream and lymph nodes and become life-threatening.
To prevent nail fungus from spreading and causing greater problems, you should visit a podiatrist once you see the symptoms:
- White or yellow discoloration
- Thickness of the nail
- Deformed shape
- Brittleness or crumbling
- Foul odor
It is important to start treatment as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more the fungus spreads, and more difficult to treat. Treatment would involve topical treatment, oral medication, or laser treatment. The best option would be laser treatment.
In our clinics, we use the PinPointe Laser that usually requires 1 treatment to get rid of the fungus. The laser kills the fungus that is present on your nail, preventing it to spread or get worse over time. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.