Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common fungal infection that can result in the swelling, yellowing, and crumbling of the nail. A weakened immune system, abnormal skin pH levels, moist environments, sweaty socks and shoes, and diabetes can all be contributing factors to the fungus growing. Treatment should begin promptly as the nail can crack or split, and in severe cases the entire toenail could fall off. Some common suggestions for treatment are various at home remedies including different oils and cornmeal. Unfortunately, there is little evidence for the effectiveness of at home remedies. If you have toenail fungus, it is recommended that you speak with a podiatrist. A podiatrist can prescribe effective treatments such as topical antifungal creams, oral antifungal medications, laser treatment or in severe cases, surgery.
If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
- Warped or oddly shaped nails
- Yellowish nails
- Loose/separated nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
- Brittle, broken, thickened nail
If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.
In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.
In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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