Where You Picked Up Those Fungal Nails

Dirty locker roomCoachella is just about the best place in the world to live—sunny weather year-round, plenty of leisure activities, arts and music festivals, great restaurants, and more. One potential downside as far as your feet are concerned, however, would be that our citizens are at higher-than-average risk for a fungal toenail infection.

First, our community skews a little bit older (many would say “wiser,” too) than the national average, and fungal toenail infections become increasingly likely with age. Second, the fungi that create this problem tend to like hot, dark, and wet environments, and we have those in abundance—whether it’s the inside of your shoes after a hot day outside, or the public facilities down by the pool.

It doesn’t take much for the fungus to sneak in—a tiny separation between the nail and the nail bed, or cuts so small you can’t even see them, are all the room they need. Still, better to keep those feet as clean, dry, and free from damage as possible so that the odds are as long as they can be. Cutting your toenails too short, or not straight across, can provide that critical separation and allow fungus to gain a foothold. An ingrown toenail is a classic risk factor as well—another reason you should get it treated, rather than try to cope with the pain.

If you develop a case of fungal toenails, you’ll need an expert who can help you get that healthy shine back in your step—this condition will not go away on its own. From traditional methods to advanced laser treatment, Harvey Danciger, DPM has the training and tools you need. To set up an appointment, contact us online, or call 760-568-0108.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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