Do you know the percent of Americans who are affected by toenail fungus? 12% of all Americans! But what is the difference between bacteria and fungus? Fungus can multiply rapidly and cause different types of infection to the body. There are two different types of fungus that our skin is susceptible to. Candida and Dermatophytes, both of these types of fungi can affect our nails but usually Dermatophytes is the type of fungus most commonly found on the average, everyday, nail fungus infections.
There are several dangers of toenail fungus, and the longer you put off treatment, the more susceptible your nails become! In most prolonged cases the nail becomes brittle and flakey, and can detach itself from the skin completely. The shape of the nail can distort and become deformed while also changing the color of the nail entirely.
Pain is also a side affect from toenail fungus. If left untreated this pain can spread from toe to toe and eventually foot to foot. The fungus can even travel to the hands which can be much harder to treat. If you have a weakened immune system or suffer from AIDS, leukemia, or have an organ transplant, you are at a much higher risk to developing the fungus and pain involved if left untreated.