How Do I Get Rid of Unsightly Toenail Fungus?
Even in the winter, toenail fungus can strike! Have you noticed a toenail that seems thickened or ragged or dull and discolored? You might be dealing with a fungal nail issue!
Where did this nail fungus come from?
The microscopic organism that causes toenail fungus infections thrives in dark, moist, and warm environments – just like the inside of a winter boot! The infection is contagious and can also be picked up readily in public places where you are barefoot, such as a public pool or gym locker room.
Nail fungus can be frustratingly difficult to treat compared to Athlete’s foot, another foot fungus. Both the skin and the nail plate might be infected, and the infection can spread to other toenails and skin areas.
So then how do I treat it?
Over-the counter problems are helpful at first, but the infection often strikes back. It’s always best to visit a podiatrist to help assess the extent of the fungal condition. Your foot specialist might recommend:
· Oral prescription medications – these allow new nail growth that is free of infection. It could take up to four months for the infected area to be completely eliminated.
· Anti-fungal nail cream – these are applied directly after soaking your foot. They can help alongside an oral prescription to speed up the process.
· Laser treatments – this state-of-the-art technology evaporates fungal spores on contact.
· Nail removal – this is only if other treatments fail or if the infection is very severe.
Can I prevent fungal nails?
Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas assures his patients that by following a handful of common-sense foot care steps, they can avoid fungal toenails.
· Keep your feet clean and dry. Dry them after bathing, especially between the toes.
· Wear clean socks daily and keep shoes and socks clean and dry.
· Choose shoes made from breathable materials.
· Never got barefoot in public places. Wear flip-flops or shower shoes in pools or locker rooms.
· Only clip your nails with clean instruments.
Have you noticed a toenail that is looking off? We’re here to help at Bay Podiatry Associates! Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas has years of experience treating any and all foot and ankle issues. Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office: (718) 266-1986.