Concerns with Fungal Toenail Infections and Liver Damage
A fungal nail infection can be easier to occur for those with compromised immune systems. Those with liver issues have another problem since they cannot generally take anti-fungal medications due to the inherent risks unique to them in the form of increased liver enzymes. These fungal toenail infections cause the toenail to harden, discolor and become brittle. Discomfort and swelling may also occur, not to mention an unsightly appearance. If left untreated, the fungal infection can cause the toenail to separate from the nailbed. However, a real risk with this condition is if the fungus enters the blood stream from a break in the nail.
Getting back to those with liver complications, the medications to treat this condition that must be ingested can cause damage to their livers. Yet, topical treatments are not as effective. Those who must forgo traditional medications can take a sigh of breath knowing that laser therapy is successful in treating toenail fungus. It is imperative that some form of treatment be obtained to prevent a more significant infection from developing.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Changing shoes frequently to prevent fungus from building up and spreading since warm, damp and dark environments are most beneficial to the spread of fungus.
- Utilize medicated powders or sprays to clean the inside of shoes.
- As mentioned above, laser therapy can be very helpful in destroying the infection without invasive procedures and without damaging the liver.
- Surgical procedures may be helpful; however, antifungal medications will need to be used to kill off the infection.
This condition can become complicated for those with liver complications. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM will do their best to treat your toenail fungal infection without negatively affecting a sensitive liver.Please schedule an appointment with us by calling our office at 504-302-1586 today so that we can help your toenails and liver function in harmony!