Women consider beauty very important and take great pains to make sure that they enhance and keep the beauty they have at any age. Toenail fungus is mostly a beauty problem, but as we grow older, the hazard of complications can arise.
Toenail fungus usually happens when one or more of the toenails have nicks that can let them grow. You get brittle or loose nails, and the tissue can darken.
The inside of shoes can be a place where they can grow, and you become more susceptible to them if you stay in gyms, showers or public pools.
What Are the Complications of Toenail Fungus When We’re Older?
- Nail damage – total nail damage can happen if you have toenail fungus because it feeds on the tissues of the nail. The longer it goes untreated, damage is more likely to worsen. Symptoms of damaged toenails include loosening of the nail or brittleness, nail thickening and/or changing in nail shape and color. Add pain or tenderness to the mix; this you will feel around the nail bed itself. It may be so severe in some cases that the only way to end your suffering is to have the nail removed completely.
- Chronic nail infections – You are risking repeated attacks from nail infections if you don’t get treated immediately for toenail fungus. It can spread to other toenails, the skin, and in worse-case scenarios, the whole foot can be infected. You can treat the problem with over the counter topical creams and ointments, but be careful when you decide to take oral medication. See your doctor if it is possible to do so, but he may disapprove of your request if you have other complications, especially diabetes. Your liver might be destroyed by more medication, and this time, it’s your life that will be threatened.
- Foot ulcers – this is the most common result of untreated toenail infections among diabetics – and those with weak immune systems, circulation problems that lessen the blood supply to the feet, as well as autoimmune disorders. Diabetics more often than not have foot infections because of a foot injury that had gone unnoticed or was ignored. The number is roughly fifteen percent, according to the Sound Foot Care Center of Connecticut. Foot ulcers are wounds or open sores that appear on the pads of your feet and if you have toenail fungus, your risk of having them is high. They are difficult to treat, and medication has no effect because they have a high resistance to them.
Health and beauty always go hand in hand. Don’t just look at what you see outside the body.
When we are older, we usually are more susceptible to infections and health problems, so make sure that you get treatment as soon as possible once you suspect you have toenail fungus.
Be warned that they can get worse; it may not just be your foot that gets infected, but they may go up to other parts of your body.