IF you’ve been trying to ignore a fungal nail infection then this is enough to have you rushing to the doctor pronto.
This grim video shows what happened when one woman decided not to cut his toenail for a whole year.
Podiatrist Dr Binh Nguyen, 33, had his work cut out for him when this lady walked into his clinic in Tampa, Florida.
The footage shows how the patient’s nails had become long, thick and discoloured – while one of the big ones is so overgrown it covered the next toe.
In fact, it measured a whopping 4cm in length and was dubbed a “little toe hat” by the doc.
It took Dr Nguyen, of Healthy Feet Podiatry almost 20 minutes to chip away at the huge, thick nails.
Speaking off camera during the stomach-churning procedure, he can be heard saying: “She hasn’t had her nails cut in over a year.
“A little long, this one is covering this one – it’s like a little hat, a toe hat.
“She came to the right place and we’re going to take good care of her.”
Dr Nguyen then proceeds to snip away at the nails, with the big ones taking quite a bit of elbow grease.
He can be heard asking the woman if she’s okay, to which she responds: “I’m fine, you people are the ones who aren’t!”
Dr Nguyen says: “I’m okay, imagine being a foot doctor getting grossed out by toes.”
Eventually, after slowly snipping away at the nail he manages to get the worst of it away.
He said: “Just check out her feet – looking a lot better and not as long.
“Not as smooth as we would like… but it’s okay. A lot better than what it was.”
Dr Nguyen’s YouTube channel has a whopping 162,000 subscribers and one of his most popular videos has been watched more than 2million times.
How to prevent nail infection
Fungal infections love warm, damp conditions so you want to avoid your feet becoming sweaty and warm.
- treat athlete’s foot ASAP to avoid it spreading to the nails
- keep your feet clean and dry
- wear clean socks every day
- wear flipflops in communal showers
- throw out old shoes
- wear shoes that make your feet hot and sweaty
- share towels
- wear other people’s shoes
- share nail clippers
Fungal nail infections aren’t uncommon but they are often easily preventable.
They develop when your feet are constantly warm and damp. You’re more likely to get an infection if you wear trainers for a long time and have hot, sweaty feet.
You can also get infections in your fingernails.
It’s really important that if you have diabetes, you see a foot specialist as any kind of foot injury can lead to complications.
Usually, a pharmacist can help you but if you have severe nail issues like the woman in this video, then a podiatrist is your best bet.
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