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Possible Environments Toenail Fungus May Thrive

Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

One of the symptoms that is associated with toenail fungus is yellowed nails. Additionally, the nails can become brittle, and in severe cases, may fall off. Onychomycosis, also known as a fungal nail infection, is caused by the fungus entering the nail through small cracks. This type of fungus lives in warm and moist areas, typically consisting of public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding environments. There may be existing medical conditions that can lead to the development of toenail fungus. These can include diabetes, a poor immune system, or problems with blood circulation. Prevention techniques can consist of keeping the feet dry, avoid sharing nail clippers, and wearing appropriate shoes while frequenting these types of areas. If you have toenail fungus, it issuggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine what the correct treatment is 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 Dr. Karl Michel of Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. 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 office located in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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