Toenail Fungus Treatment
Fungal infection of toenails is a common problem in foot health. A majority of victims usually don’t seek treatment, and many don’t even recognize the existence of a problem.
- Toe nail fungus has been found to affect 2-18% of the global population.
- This percentage translates to 35 million people worldwide who have experienced fungal infections.
- The likelihood of getting toenail fungus increases as you age.
- 25% of adults will experience some type of nail fungus by the time that they are 40 years old.
- For senior citizens, the fungus statistics is even higher with 50% of seniors having some type of toe nail fungus.
Toenail fungus is much more common than hand nail fungus, because fungi like to live in dark, warm places – and human feet give it that opportunity while being trapped inside your shoes all day. The high rate of toe nail fungus should actually reassure anyone suffering from this problem. While nail fungus is often unsightly and can be painful, it is very common and highly treatable. One reason that so many people ignore the infection is that it can be present for years without ever causing pain. Its prevalence rises sharply among older adults (20 to 30 percent, the studies say, though podiatric physicians think it’s much higher). Because the older adults may be experiencing much more serious medical problems, it is understandable that fungal nails can be passed over as very minor, though it is anything but that.
Whatever the case, the disease, characterized by a change in a toenail’s color, is often considered nothing more than a mere blemish — ugly and embarrassing. It is apparently assumed that since white markings or a darkening of the nail are minor occurrences, the change represents something minor as well, even when the blemish spreads. It may be that cosmetologists see this condition as often as doctors. Contact us today!