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Possible Causes of Toenail Fungus

Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

A common ailment that can affect the toenails is known as toenail fungus. It generally develops gradually, and can occur as a result of being exposed to a certain type of fungus. The environments where this type of fungus lives and thrives may include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. It generally grows in warm and moist areas, and it is advised that appropriate shoes are worn while in these particular places. Additional reasons why patients may develop this ailment can consist of using artificial nails, wearing closed shoes for the majority of the time, or medical conditions such as diabetes or a weakened immune system. There are different treatment options available for toenail fungus, and it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can determine what the best remedy 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. Jim Maxka of South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 Hanover, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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