What Happens if I Don’t Treat My Nail Fungus?

Not Treating Nail Fungus

Most people believe that if they have fingernail or toenail fungus, the worst of the problem is how their nails look. Unfortunately, unhealthy looking nails are actually a much more serious problem that can get worse.

Whether or not to treat a fungal nail infection is up to you. But know that if it is not treated, it won’t go away on its own.

Fungal nail infections are just like any other infection – a medical condition that involves rapid growth of a live and active fungus. The fungi survive and thrive by eating your skin and nails.

What happens if I don’t treat My nail fungus?

At first, a toenail or fingernail with a fungal infection may become white or yellow, get thicker, and then crumble, split, or separate from the skin. The fungus can spread to other nails, even your skin. Over time, the infection can cause lasting damage to your nail and nail bed.

When you have a fungal toenail infection, it can be uncomfortable, even painful, to walk, wear shoes, or stand for long periods of time (Top 10 questions about nail fungus). Ignoring such infections can lead to ingrown nails, cause pain and embarrassment, and disrupt regular activities. Nail infections can even spread to other people who bathe, swim, or sport with or near you.

For elderly nail fungus sufferers, the infection can lead to other skin irritations or a serious type of inflammation called cellulitis. Those with diabetes, or any medical condition affecting the circulatory system, may experience additional problems with their circulation caused by the fungal infection.

Aside from the serious medical consequences, ignoring a fungal nail infection can really affect your daily life. Most sufferers of nail fungus feel it has a negative impact on their self-esteem. Feeling self-conscious when others see your nails or feet can cramp your lifestyle, and force you to stop doing the things you enjoy.

Clean Nails with PinPointe FootLaser

Do the necessary research to explore your treatment options, and then take action to get back to healthy nails. The PinPointe™ FootLaser™ provides a safe and effective treatment for nail infection that is approved by Health Canada. For more information contact us at 1-855-NO-FUNGS or explore our clinic locations HERE.

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