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Preventive Measures for Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that affects countless individuals worldwide. It occurs when fungi, often dermatophytes, enter the nail bed through tiny cracks or cuts in the skin, leading to an infection. The resulting symptoms typically include thickened, discolored nails that may become brittle or crumble over time. Recognizing toenail fungus is essential, as early intervention can prevent further complications. Apart from the visual signs, you may also experience mild pain or discomfort, especially when wearing tight-fitting shoes. To help prevent toenail fungus, it is important to practice proper foot hygiene, such as regularly washing and drying your feet thoroughly. Since fungi thrive in damp environments, be sure your shoes are well-ventilated and moisture-wicking. Additionally, it is beneficial to avoid walking barefoot in public areas, including locker rooms and swimming pools, where the risk of infection is higher. Trimming the nails straight across can also help prevent ingrown nails and potential entry points for fungus. If you suspect you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you seek prompt treatment from a podiatrist who can offer you treatment methods 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 one of our podiatrists of Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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