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Where Did I Get Toenail Fungus From?

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Research has indicated that millions of Americans have a condition that is known as onychomycosis, which is commonly known as toenail fungus. There are noticeable symptoms that are often associated with this ailment. These can include the toenails becoming thick and yellow, in addition to the surrounding skin becoming itchy. In severe cases, the nails may become brittle, and can possibly fall off. It is considered to be a fungal infection, and can be contagious. This type of fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, consisting of public pools, and shower room floors. It is suggested that appropriate shoes are worn while in these areas, as this may help to prevent getting toenail fungus. If you are afflicted with this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe medications that can help to heal this condition.

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 one of our podiatrists of Advanced Care Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

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.

Prevention

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.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Port Richmond, Philadelphia, and Hamilton, New Jersey . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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