Advertisements begin every summer for the new swimsuit fashions. But what about sandal season? For many, warm weather creates an uncomfortable notion of displaying nails that are yellow and thickened from the ravages of nail fungus. Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, can affect up to 18% of the population. Some estimates suggest that nearly one quarter of adults will develop nail fungus by age 40 and the incidence increases with age. Nearly half of seniors will be diagnosed with toenail fungus.
Fungus toenails are often characterized by discoloration and are usually thickened or dystrophic. Successful treatment is usually dependent on early diagnosis, which also aids in preventing secondary issues including ingrown toenails, infections, permanent nail damage or spreading of the disease to other nails.
Several factors facilitate development of nail fungus. Moist and warm environments (such as closed toe shoes), excessive sweating, nail injuries, circulation issues or weakened immune systems can all contribute to the development of toenail fungus.
If you suffer from toenail fungus, you have several options:
Sandal season doesn’t have to be out of reach just because you suffer from toenail fungus. An effective treatment program can clear up onychomycosis. Take care of your feet and they will take care of you!
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