Q If I do not treat my ugly fungal toenails, am I at any health risk?
Ugly Fungal toenails are a problem Foot Doctors encounter daily in their practices. As the fungus progresses from the tip of the toenail back towards the cuticle, the nails can become thick, discolored, smelly, crumbly, and painful with inflammation more likely. Sometimes the fungus can go to other parts of the body such as the hands, fingernails, legs, and groin areas causing problems there as well.
People who are diabetic, the elderly, and those taking medication to weaken the immune systems, are more susceptible to have spreading of the fungus. If one ignores nail fungus, or onychomycosis, the fungus can create dryness, cracking and openings in the skin allowing bacteria to enter and cause infections. This is particularly seen in diabetics with neuropathy.
If you are having funny looking, ugly toenails, a simple test can confirm the presence of fungus. Treatment options are available depending on your health status. Laser therapy is offered in our office. Don’t wait; see Podiatrist Dr. Harvey Danciger for care.