Fungal Nails

Fungal Toenails is an infection of the bed and plate underlying the surface of the nail and is caused by various types of fungi, which are found in every environment. A toenail that is infected by fungus usually turns white or yellow. You may notice that the nail also get thicker and be more foul smelling. This infection is easily spreadable to other toenails, the skin and even the fingernails.

Toenails are especially vulnerable around damp areas where people are likely to be walking barefoot, such as swimming pools, locker rooms and showers. This can also happen from wearing sweaty shoes often. Shoes create a dark moist environment that allows fungus to grow easier and more rapidly.

Toenail fungus is hard to treat and can take a long time to heal all affected areas. The fungal nails can also return after it is cleared. If the infection is very bad, or if it causes a lot of pain, you may need to have the nail removed.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Take any OTC products or medication exactly as they are prescribed.
  • If the doctor gives you a cream, liquid or lacquer; apply to your toenail exactly as directed.
  • Wash your feet often, ad wash your hands after touching your feet.
  • Keep your toenails clean and dry. Dry your feet completely after you bathe and before you put on shoes and socks.
  • Keep your toenails trimmed.
  • Change socks often. Wear dry socks that absorb moisture.
  • Do not go barefoot in public places.
  • Use a spray or powder that fights fungus on your feet and in your shoes.
  • Do not pick at the skin around your nails.
  • Do not use nail polish or fake nails on your toenails.

Laser is also a very popular option for someone who is experiencing fungal toenails.

If you are interested in treatment for your fungal toenails or have any questions please contact our office today!

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