Millions of people live with toenail fungus and think nothing of it. Either they just don’t have the time to get it treated, over-the-counter medications don’t work, or they just don’t take it very seriously. However, if toenail fungus is left untreated, it can lead to other medical issues that could have been prevented.
What is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is an infection that usually occurs in the toenails primarily because of a combination of reasons, such as cracks in the skin and shoes that remain damp throughout the day. These aren’t the only reasons, though. Infections can occur because of any variety of reasons and the reason is not always so easily traceable.
Toenail fungus makes the toenails turn into a greenish or yellowish color or a combination of both. The nails get thicker and crumbly at the same time. When the fungus begins to hurt, it’s surely time to see a professional about it. It’s even better to see a professional about the infection once the toenail turns color and thickens.
This fungus can make the toenails look abnormally shaped. As the infection begins to really take root, it can actually cause fungus to build up underneath the nail and cause the nail to come off. This is another important time to make an appointment at our office because the infection might spread very easily at this point.
The peculiar thing about toenail fungus is that it can appear to look like other conditions, like psoriasis. This is why it’s so important to see a qualified medical professional as soon as your toenails begin to appear abnormal. Fungal injections must be diagnosed in order to be treated.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus can be treated in different ways. At Guelph Medical Laser and Skin Centre, we have seen great results from laser treatment via the Laser Genesis. During a consultation with our specialist, you can learn more about this form of treatment. Feel free to ask whatever questions you may have as we determine if laser treatment can work for you. Our office is conveniently located in Guelph. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!