How to Deal With Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, also termed onychomycosis, is a pervasive infection that causes discoloration and in some cases crumbling of the toenails. It is caused by a variety of fungi that thrive in dark, moist conditions, like the inside of socks and shoes. The fungi feed on keratin, which is the substance that makes up the hardened surface of your toenails. This type of toenail infection is not likely to heal on its own. Therefore, it is imperative to consult with a podiatrist who will be able to determine a course of treatment. The foot doctor may take a sample of the toenail and have it analyzed. Treatment may include removal of part of the toenail along with an antifungal cream, solution or medicated nail polish. In more advanced cases, the podiatrist may prescribe an oral antifungal medication. And in the most severe cases, removal of the entire nail may be required. Changes to footwear and to foot care practices can help to keep the infection from recurring. For help with toenail fungal infections, please contact a podiatrist.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Canonsburg Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Canonsburg and McMurray, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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