As you know, toenail fungus is very difficult to recognize at first. You won’t even know that fungi are multiplying in your toenails. When the discolouration becomes quite noticeable, it gives cosmetic concerns and that’s when people consult their doctors. Usually, toenail fungus has no symptoms, there’s just a sign that your nail starts to look ugly. After identifying your type of infection, the doctor might prescribe some antifungal medicines. However, most people complain that it takes a really long time to cure toenail fungus and the medicines have a lot of side-effects.
But what happens when a person leaves the toenail fungal infection untreated?
When left untreated, the fungi can keep multiplying themselves. They can start infection any area of your skin or any part of your body. In severe cases, the fungi can enter the bloodstream and become deadly. Even if you try to treat your toenail fungus, there are chances that it may never be fully treated. And if treated, the fungus can still come back. No matter what type of fungal infection you have, you may have noticed that are no specific symptoms. In severe cases, one may experience pain, redness of the skin, and swelling.
Yes, toenail fungus can cause extreme pain and swelling.
When the toenail is left untreated for several months or years, the infection spreads and enters the bloodstream. Over the time, a toenail fungus can become thick, brittle and misshapen. It can make even difficult to walk wearing shoes. When left uncleaned and untreated, it can cause the skin surrounding the toenail to become red and swollen. When the swelling and pain increase, the nail can even get separated from the nail bed.
Cellulitis, a condition when fungi enter the bloodstream, is very dangerous. This is a very common concern among the people who have diabetes and other chronic conditions that weaken the immune system. If the toenail becomes cracked due to its brittleness, bacteria can get in and this might give a rise to cellulitis, a deadly infection. This can only be treated with high powered antibiotics which have a lot of side-effects. A person who suffers from cellulitis has the following symptoms:
- Red skin
- Skin dimpling and so on.
Leaving toenail fungus untreated can also cause ‘Paronychia’. Paronychia is a skin infection around the fingernails or the toenails. The people who have candida infection (a type of fungus) in their toenails, can often get paronychia. If the toenail fungal infection keeps worsening, it can lead to paronychia which is a severe condition. Paronychia usually begins with pain, swelling, and redness around the base of the side of the nails. The can even have abscesses. When caused by toenail fungus, it spreads very slowly but it can be tremendously painful. A person suffering through this disease may have problems with doing even the simplest day-to-day tasks like walking or typing.
As toenail infection prohibits the nail from growing, there might be an ingrown nail below the original or at the sides. This is the common condition that may even happen without the presence of fungi. People face pain, redness, and swelling. Severe infections may occur if proper care is not taken.
Some fungal infections caused by dermatophyte may cause the skin around the toenail to swell. The skin often produces a red rash in a round manner. One can even get blisters in the affected area. Dermatophyte, when worsens, can make the nail eventually fall off from the nail bed. Once that happens, there are very fewer chances of the toenail growing back normally.
Even if the situation doesn’t get worse, your toenail fungus can still cause pain and swelling because of the excessive growth of the fungi. When fungi grow excessively, the toenails become thicker day-by-day. This causes them to swell and pain. This can even irritate the skin and create some minor cracks. While you are still infected by the fungus, the cracks give an opportunity for the bacteria to enter and live comfortably. Once this happens, it may take a really long time to cure fungal infections. As the immune system of the person who has toenail fungus is already weak, he or she might have to wait for months or even years to treat it completely.
Relieve yourself from pain and swelling:
You can relieve yourself from the pain and swelling temporarily by taking the over-the-counter medications or using some home remedies. It is always suggested that you get some medicines prescribed by your doctor for the pain and swelling since your infection might be severe. If you observe that the medicines have a lot of side-effects, focus on eating healthy. Eat the foods that make your immune system strong and your skin healthy. Your doctor may even prescribe a topical cream or gel to apply. You must see to it that you complete the treatment and are regularly doing the things you’ve been told to. Fortunately, there are many home remedies too! And fortunately, medical science has progressed a lot to help you, so if you see the signs of a toenail fungus, go to your doctor before it’s too late.