Onychomycosis, also known more commonly as a toenail fungus, is an infection that causes the toenails to become discolored, yellow, thick, and brittle. There are a variety of fungi that cause toenail fungus, and they tend to thrive in dark, warm, and moist environments like sweaty shoes, showers, pools and locker rooms. Poor foot hygiene, wearing nail polish, having a chronic disease such as diabetes, and frequently using community showers or pools are all contributing factors to developing toenail fungus. Because of this, wearing footwear in these areas, along with not sharing shoes or socks, is key to preventing toenail fungus from spreading. Fungal nail infections rarely heal on their own, which means that patients who have an infected nail may wish to consult with a podiatrist. A podiatrist may choose to remove part of the infected nail, prescribe a topical antifungal medication, or prescribe an oral antifungal medication.
For more information about treatment, contact Dennis Grandy, DPM of California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
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