One third of diabetics in the nation suffer from nail fungus. Diabetics has an increased risk of getting nail fungus – 22% higher than those who don’t have diabetes. In addition, diabetes is associated with high blood sugar levels which affects the immune system. People with diabetes can be immunocompromised, which can then lead to being more susceptible to a fungal infection. The lack of defense against such infections in the person’s immune system.
Diabetes can also inadvertently turn your nails yellow which is also a symptom of nail fungus. This discoloration occurs due to nails’ collagen after the breakdown of sugar. It is harmless however, yellow nails, accompanied by brittleness and nail thickening can be associated with nail fungus. Click here to learn more about yellow nails in our recent blog post. If you do have a nail fungus infection and are also a diabetic, laser treatment is one viable and safe option to eradicate the fungus from your nails in under thirty minutes. You can learn more about this treatment here.
Diabetics must pay close attention to the health of their feet since diabetes is notorious for nerve damage which can lead to the advancement of feet and toe problems, since they tend to go unnoticed since the patient is not able to feel many of the symptoms. Nail fungus symptoms however, affect appearance the most. In order to care for your feet and keep healthy it is important to practice good hygienic habits such as wearing shower shoes in public showers and wash your feet daily.