Research has indicated that toenail fungus rarely affects children, but can develop as the aging process occurs. It occurs as a result of the fungus entering the toenail through a small crack in the nail, and will gradually spread when shoes and socks are worn throughout the day. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can consist of the toenails becoming thick and yellowed, and in severe cases, the nail may lift off of the nail bed. This type of fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, and is often found in public swimming pools, showers room floors, and surrounding areas. It is helpful to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of places, as this may help to reduce the risk of spreading toenail fungus. Toenail fungus is considered to be contagious, and it is beneficial to refrain from sharing towels, socks and shoes. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.
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 Devin Bland, DPM of Prestige Medical Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
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.
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