Smelly toenail fungus is a frustrating condition for most people who deal with it. Because of the stigma around cleanliness, living with a toenail fungus can include living with shame, embarrassment, and even social isolation. Many people who have the symptoms of toenail fungus aren’t comfortable with showing anyone their feet for fear of judgement.
Toenail fungus is so easily spotted when barefoot, many people will never take off their shoes around other people. People with toenail fungus may avoid going to places like the beach or pool, places that they may enjoy going to. There are many ways to solve this problem.
The fear of judgment from showing toes in public maybe even worse when toenail fungus also causes an odor. Bad odors coming from the nail are usually easier for other people to notice since they don’t necessarily have to be looking at your nails. People are also more likely to comment on a bad odor than symptoms like discoloration of the nail.
The first thing to do when you have a smelly toenail problem is to identify the cause of the issue. This should be done by a licensed podiatrist, but if you are waiting to get an appointment with one then there are some signs you can look out for. If the smell is coming directly from the toenails and not from the skin of the foot, this is one indication that the root cause is smelly toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus is more common than people might think, but having smelly toenails is not a very common symptom. People who exercise a lot are especially prone to fungal infections since their feet tend to be sweaty and moist. Sweaty and moist environments are the perfect places for fungal spores to grow; try to avoid having your feet in sweaty shoes for any extended length of time.
Laser Treatment for Fungus
Our licensed podiatrist in San Antonio, TX performs laser treatment for toenail fungus. Our doctors recommend the PinPointe laser treatment because it has a cure rate of 85 percent. The PinPointe laser is FDA-approved and has no side effects. As a result, there is no recovery period and you can go about your daily activities right after the treatment. It is not painful and most people are cured with just one treatment. Call us to schedule a free consultation with a licensed podiatrist at (800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.