Nail fungus infections are irritating, unsightly and even painful when severe. They are difficult to get rid of, often recur and not all infections are best treated in the same manner. A large number of people develop yellow toenails at some point in their lives with some cases remaining very mild and others growing into a multiple nail infection. If nail fungus infections are not treated quickly and properly, they will invariably grow in strength and are then much more difficult to eliminate. The moment a toenail fungus infection is suspected, it should be treated immediately with a proven topical solution in order to keep the nail fungus from spreading to additional nails. Once the infection becomes entrenched, treatment becomes more difficult, the treatment period gets much longer and the probability of complete elimination lessens. However, what if a person has allowed an infection to become severe? Can toenail fungus infections actually affect a person’s health? In other words, can toenail fungus infections be dangerous?
Thankfully, the answer is no. Even the most severe cases of nail fungus are not life-threatening. However, although toenail fungus is not a life-threatening condition, it is a distraction for your immune system that can lead to serious medical conditions. Toenail fungus is an invader of the toenail beds and once entrenched the body naturally works to remove it. Unfortunately, once the fungus has colonized the toenail bed, there is little the body can do on its own to eliminate the nail fungus. As long as the fungus is present, your body continuously attempts to fight it and this takes away some of the natural infection-fighting power used for other potential illnesses. Toenail fungusis not only unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable, but it is also an infection or contamination that should be addressed so the body can be free to fight off other conditions.
So in conclusion, despite not being a life threatening disease, it is important to seek treatment as early as possible as the fungus is very unlikely to clear up on its own. it also becomes far harder to treat with time. If one is able to start using a quality nail fungus treatment before the lanula (the white crescent shaped part of the nail near the cuticle) is affected, visible improvements should come quickly. But remember that a condition can only be considered fungus free once a completely healthy nail has grown out. This can take as long as 18 months for toenails and 12 months for fingernails.