A common condition that is known as toenail fungus may affect many people throughout their lives. It occurs when a fungus grows under the toenails, and may typically develop gradually, which may cause noticeable changes to the toenail that are difficult to observe. This type of fungus grows and lives in moist environments and is generally known to be very contagious. If you frequently use public pools and shower areas, it’s suggested to wear appropriate shoes, which may aid in preventing the fungus to enter the body. If you have specific medical conditions that may include diabetes, poor circulation, or a weakened immune system, you may be more susceptible in developing this unsightly condition. Additionally, if you have sustained an injury to the toe or skin surrounding the nail, wear artificial nails, or wear shoes that have a closed toe for most of the day, the chances of developing a toenail fungus may increase. It is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist, so the correct treatment can begin.
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 one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors 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 office located in Millburn, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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