A message to men about toenail fungus
Men, there are a lot of you out there suffering from both Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. You might be asking yourself:
- What’s the difference between Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus?
- I bought the over-the-counter spray to treat Athlete’s foot. Why isn’t that enough to kill the toenail fungus?
- Why does my Athlete’s foot keep coming back?
- What’s the fastest and best treatment available for toenail fungus?
Kansas City Foot and Ankle has your answers.
What’s the difference between Athlete’s Footand toenail fungus?
Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a very common fungal infection. Athlete’s foot is found between the toes and on the soles of your feet where the environment is warm and moist. Athlete’s foot is a cousin of ringworm and jock itch. The term “Athlete’s foot” originated as a result of where this condition is most often contracted. Environments like gyms, workout facilities and locker rooms are breeding grounds for tinea pedis. Athlete’s foot can also be contracted in other warm, moist areas such as swimming pools and showers. Signs of Athletes foot include itching, inflammation, blistering and cracking between the toes. This fungus can easily spread to your toenails.
Fungal infection of the nail, or onychomycosis, is the same type of fungus as Athlete’s foot, just embedded in the toenail. The fungus gets between the layers of the nail and as it grows, it causes the layers to separate. The nail then becomes discolored, brittle and thicker.
When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail often becomes darker in color and foul smelling. White marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the fingernails. If ignored, the infection can spread and possibly impair one’s ability to work or even walk comfortably. The resulting thicker nails are difficult to trim and can make walking painful when wearing shoes. Onychomycosis can also be accompanied by a secondary bacterial or yeast infection in or around the nail plate.
Once you have toenail fungus, Athlete’s foot may continue to reappear even after you have treated your feet. The source of the continued reinfection is your toenails.
It only takes10 minutes to rid your toenail of fungus with the Q-Clear laserat Kansas City Foot and Ankle. The process is painless and the laser kills the fungus on the spot. Dr. Mark Green, a podiatristlocated in south Kansas City will diagnose your condition, and decide what treatment package is right for you. In 10 minutes, you will walk out having killed the fungus. No messy topical medications that you have to apply daily. The treatment is painless, fast and effective. You also know you have gone to the source of the infection using the best technologyon the market to treat ugly, embarrassing toenails. You make hard decisions every day. This decision is easy. Call today for an appointment. 10 minutes is all you need.