Onychomycosis is the medical term for a fungal nail infection. Onychomycosis can occur in both fingernails and toenails; however, it occurs more commonly in toenails. This infection can cause your toenails to become discolored, hardened, brittle, crumbled, thickened, and distorted. In some cases, the infection can even spread to the surrounding skin making it red, cracked, swollen or itchy. The fungal organisms that cause onychomycosis love warm, moist, and dark places, which is why it is wise to keep your feet clean and dry. You should never share personal items like towels, shoes, or nail clippers, and avoid going barefoot in locker rooms, communal showers, and public pool areas. Also, if you get your nails done in a salon, make sure they sterilize their equipment properly. Toenail infections can be difficult to treat at home since they can get deep into the layers of the nail, or even underneath the nail. A podiatrist can offer a variety of professional treatments for toenail infections, including prescription topical and oral medicines, laser therapy, or even debridement.
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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