Nail fungal infections are common diseases of the nails with about 50 percent of nail abnormalities attributed to them. Though both fingernails and toenails can be affected, the condition is far more common in toes. It is estimated that roughly six to nine percent of the population suffers from nail fungus. Nail fungus infections occur more often in men as well as the elderly. The factors and traits that raises your risk for nail fungus include slow growing nails, heavy perspiration, humid work environments and wearing shoes and socks without proper ventilation.
Nail fungal infections are caused by organisms called fungi that can survive quite well without sunlight. There are some molds and yeasts that can also cause infections. These pathogens enter the skin through tiny cuts or separations between the nail and grows in a moist and warm environment.
The symptoms of nail fungus include thickened and brittle nails. The nails are also discolored, distorted and ragged in appearance. Some patients experience pain in the toes or fingers and may emit a foul odor. Sometimes the infected nails separate from the nail bed.
Laser treatment is a safe and effective way of treating and removing toe nail fungus and warts. The laser targets the fungus directly and emits tiny pulses of light which pass through the toenail. This is a painless procedure that takes about 10-20 minutes. If you suffer from toenail fungus and are in need of a foot specialist in the Tuscon area, schedule an appointment today.