Are you or someone you love experiencing toe nail fungus on one or more toes? Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is here to resolve your problem. With the most highly qualified toe nail fungus surgeons in Philadelphia, we will have you up and running in no time.
What Is Toe Nail Fungus?
Toe nail fungus begins when you come in contact with a fungus, and it begins to grow under your nail. Common objects that may cause a fungal infection in your toe may be clothing, shoes, toe nail clippers, carpet, shower floors, and locker room floors.
You may also get toe nail fungus from yeast. Often times, a person who takes birth control pills, antibiotics, or have specific illnesses may increase their yeast production, causing a toe nail fungal infection.
How Do I Know If I Have Toe Nail Fungus?
Your toe nail may display a thick yellow substance under the toe nail.
The toe nail may become extremely brittle.
Your toe nail may have a milky white color and pit or split, rather than separate from the toe.
Common mostly in people with weakened immune systems, the area closest to your cuticle may become milky white.
Your nail plate may thicken and separate from the nail bed.
Please keep in mind that all of these symptoms may not necessarily be fungal infections, but may represent other underlying problems such as psoriasis, skin cancer, darier disease and more. Be sure to visit your doctor to confirm whether or not you have toe nail fungus.
What Happens When Left Untreated?
Toe nail fungus does not commonly cause alarm to most people, in the beginning. Slight discoloration in the toe nail without pain might allow people to put off treatment. Why should you be sure to treat toe nail fungus from the very beginning?
- Foot Pain: Over time, the fungus under the toe nail will begin to thicken and shape, causing foot pain. This may also cause difficulty walking or wearing shoes.
- Athlete's Foot: Untreated toe nail fungus will begin to spread, reaching the surrounding skin and causing athlete’s foot, creating itchy, cracked and red skin.
- Cellulitis: After the fungus has spread, causing athlete’s foot, the cracked skin may harbor bacteria and cause growth resulting in cellulitis. Cellulitis is only treated with antibiotics, in turn causing more yeast to grow and allowing toe fungus to remain.
- Nail loss: Eventually, the toe may separate from the nail bed due to the amount of fungus present under the toe nail, also known as onycholysis. When this happens, the loose portion of the toe nail will need to be removed. If an infected toe nail does not become loose, you may still need the toe nail to be removed, sometimes directly at the base, disabling the growth of the nail permanently.
For more information on how Rothman Orthopaedic Institute’s toe nail fungus surgeons in Philadelphia can help, please contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-321-9999.