A toenail infection is often the result of a fungus growing on or under the nail. This turns the toenail a yellow or brownish color, causes it to thicken and crumble, and possibly separate the nail from the skin beneath it. Fungi grow best in moist, warm settings, such as gym locker rooms, swimming pool changing areas, and wet or moist socks and shoes. Prevention from a toenail fungal infection consists of keeping your feet clean and dry and your toenails trimmed properly. Wearing protective shoes or flip flops in areas where the fungus might be spread and using antifungal sprays in your shoes are other ways to protect your toes. Treatment of a toenail fungus involves taking antifungal medication, use of antifungal paints, and in some cases, removal of the nail. If you have a toenail infection that persists or becomes painful, please see a podiatrist for advanced treatment options.
For more information about treatment, contact Ernest Levi, DPM of Grand Central Podiatry. 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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