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Noticeable Signs of Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Toenail fungus is a common condition among people of all age groups that can be quite unsightly. The noticeable symptoms include nails that are thickened, yellow, and brittle. If treatment is not promptly sought, the nails may begin to crumble and can eventually fall off. Toenail fungus is caused by a virus and is found in warm and moist environments. These can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms. The fungus can enter the body through small cracks in the skin of the feet and lodge beneath the nail bed. It can be helpful to wear appropriate shoes like flip-flops or water shoes while in these types of areas. Many people are self-conscious about their toes if they are afflicted with toenail fungus. If you have this condition, please speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward one of several effective treatment options that are right for you.

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 John Baker, DPM of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

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.

Prevention

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 Spring Hill and Homosassa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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