When someone says “fungus,” what comes to mind? Do you think of oozing mush growing on an old log, or maybe those little mushrooms that can pop up overnight in your yard? Do itching, peeling feet ever come to mind? Fungal infections can proliferate rapidly on the surface of your feet, especially if you sweat a lot. These don’t look like mushroom caps growing out of your toes, thankfully, but they can cause significant damage to your skin and nails.
Foot fungus is a common condition that can be picked up from contact with other contaminated feet or even just from the environment. When the conditions are right, the microorganisms take hold and grow rapidly, damaging whatever area of your feet they have infected. Dr. Sanjay Patel is a specialist who has had years of training to quickly and safely eliminate the pathogens from your lower limbs.
Common Fungal Problems
An incredible variety of fungi exist in the environment around us, including dermatophytes, the family of microscopic organisms that can wreak such havoc on your feet. The most common fungal infections in the lower limbs include athlete’s foot and fungal nails, though ringworm and mold or yeast infections are other possibilities.
This foot fungus grows and multiplies rapidly on the surface of the skin. It causes the skin to itch, burn, dry out, and peel. The infection depends on a warm, moist environment to thrive, so it’s typically contracted in a damp public place, like a pool or locker room. When your feet are frequently sweaty, you foster the perfect environment for the fungus to grow and spread.
Sometimes the infection can become trapped under your nails. There the microorganisms thrive and grow, damaging the nail tissue around them. This turns your toenails discolored, ragged, thickened, and brittle. Sometimes the infected nail(s) have a foul smell as well. The condition is unsightly and can put you at risk for additional infections, especially if you have a preexisting condition like diabetes that weakens your immune system.
Fungal infections of all kinds do not get better on their own—quite the opposite, in fact. Unless you change something about the conditions of your feet to make them inhospitable to fungus, the problem tends to worsen and spread. The microorganisms become trapped in your shoes and socks, continually re-exposing your lower limbs to the pathogen. You need to treat your feet intentionally to eradicate the condition.
Stomping Out the Problem
How you successfully treat foot fungus largely depends on where the problem has taken hold. An infection on the surface of the skin can be treated easily with topical anti-fungal medications. Problems under the nail, however, are often out of reach of those medicines and need a different approach. Oral medications, laser treatments, and nail procedures are all used to eliminate the pathogens. What you do for your feet to eradicate the problem depends on your needs and preferences.
Dr. Sanjay Patel uses FDA approved, innovative laser treatments to quickly eradicate toenail fungus with no pain and no side effects! Learn more about this treatment in order to start your healing today.
If your feet are itching and peeling or your nails are cracked and unsightly, you may have developed a fungal infection. Although this can be challenging to treat if allowed to progress too far, Dr. Sanjay Patel has expert experience in remedying this problem using conservative techniques. Don’t wait to restore your feet. Contact the experts at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. for an appointment or more information and take care of your fungus problems. Visit the online contact page or call either our Milford office at (203) 876-7736 or our Hamden location at (203) 288-4055.