At this time of year, many of us start to think about costumes for our kids and possibly even ourselves if we really get into Halloween. People come up with all sorts of crazy ideas for costumes including painting their toenails black, green, or some other color combination that will make them look as freaky as possible. Very likely some kids are still wanting to go as football players like Marshawn Lynch.
But perhaps for you ugly toenails are not a one day event but a constant reminder that you might be headed for beast mode by having toenail fungus. As a Seattle podiatrist, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to worry about transforming into beast mode permanently just because your nails look bad.
At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City we've been treating fungal toenails for over 30 years and we've been using laser treatment since 2012. We'd love to help you get rid of this problem so you can stop worrying.
What Is Fungus?
Fungi are microscopic organisms called dermatophytes. They live everywhere in our environment, but in particular they love to live in dark, damp places. In Seattle, as we move our toenails out of sandal mode and into sock and boot mode we are setting our toenails up for beast mode by having have more exposure to the critters we call fungus.
Who Is More At Risk?
Just because you don't live in Hawaii and wear sandals all year long doesn't mean you're at great risk for getting a fungal toenail infection. But here are some ways you could be:
wearing cotton socks that don't wick away moisture if you sweat a lot
running in tight shoes can cause repetitive micro trauma to the nail allowing fungus in to set up shop
exposure to fungus in locker and shower rooms (always wear flip flops in these situations)
getting older and having a weak immune system
genetic predisposition - there is a chance you are genetically more likely to get fungal nails. If your parents have toenail fungus, be sure to be scrupulous about preventing it.
What You Can Do About It
Once you have toenail fungus, you may decide to head for the pharmacy or online to purchase a topical that claims to get rid of fungal nails forever. Unfortunately, things aren't that simple. Fungal nails are difficult to treat because the fungus lives under your nail as well as on your skin and on top of the nail.
If you have very little fungus you might get lucky with one of these treatments but more often than not you'll need much more. At our office, we will test your nails to be sure they do have fungus and then treat you with a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet your needs. You can visit our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center for more information.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
Are you a runner? You can download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.