You Are Not Alone! Frequent Questions We’re Asked About Nail Fungus

Frequently asked questions about Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is one of the most common ailments suffered by Canadians. However, because the problem is widely thought of as embarrassing, there are few who will ask those in their social circles – or even specialists – about it.

If that describes you, here are answers to some of the most common questions that nail fungus sufferers ask us.

1) How Do I Know if I Have Nail Fungus?
Verifying the presence of nail fungus simply requires close examination of the nail area. If your finger or toenail has become thicker, more brittle, and/or changed from a healthy colour to yellow, brown or white, it’s highly likely that you have nail fungus.
If you suspect nail fungus, don’t wait to get a second opinion. To confirm the issue, a medical professional can scrape under the nail for fungal organisms.

2) How Common is Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus is exceptionally common. It is thought that as many as 10% of adults in North American have suffered from nail fungus at some point in their lives. The issue is particularly prevalent within the senior demographic.

3) How Did I Contract the Nail Fungus Virus?
The majority of nail fungus infections are the result of damage to the nail plate. However, the fungus can also arise through contact with infected nails during sporting activities or contact with floor areas in communal facilities. Those with medical conditions such as diabetes and psoriasis are also at greater risk of an infection.

4) What Types of Treatment are Available?
There are a multitude of treatments available for nail fungus. But perhaps one of the most efficient is laser therapy. Laser therapy treatments are ideal for fungus sufferers because they allow patients to immediately go back to their normal routine after a session.

5) What Happens to Nail Fungus if Left Untreated?
As the nail fungus spreads it makes the toenail become crumbly, eventually leading to the nail falling off. Before that happens, you may experience pain and regular daily activities such as walking can become quite uncomfortable. The ideal response to a suspected fungal infection or any infection is to seek medical help to treat it.

If this article confirms your suspicions, we can help. Contact Clear Nail at 1-855-NO-FUNGS to arrange a no-obligation appointment at your nearest location (including offices in North York, Hamilton, Brampton, Downtown Toronto, Etobicoke, and Oakville). Be ready to explain a brief history of the infection (or suspected infection) and any other symptoms or health issues.

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