Toenail fungus has noticeable symptoms consisting of a yellowing and thickening of the toenails. In severe cases, the nail may crumble and fall off. The infection is caused by a fungal microbe that can enter the body through the nail bed. There are different types of toenail fungus, and the most common is referred to as onychomycosis which can be associated with diabetic patients. Additionally, elderly people and patients with a compromised immune system can develop this type of fungal infection. Paronychia occurs when the tissue folds surrounding the nail become inflamed. Toenail fungus is contagious, and it thrives in warm and moist environments. These can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. If you are in these areas, it is suggested that you wear appropriate shoes, and refrain from sharing towels, socks and shoes. A proper diagnosis consists of clipping a piece of the nail and observing it through a microscope. This will determine what type of fungus is present. If you have developed toenail fungus, please confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment solutions.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
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