Toenail fungus is a common nail infection. It is considered contagious, and most people will develop this foot condition at some point in their lives. It is noticeable by the yellow and thickened toenails, and in severe cases, the nail can become brittle and crumble. The fungus that causes this nail condition lives in warm and moist environments, including shower room floors, public swimming pools, and similar places. Effective prevention techniques can consist of refraining from sharing towels, shoes, and socks, in addition to wearing shoes that are made of breathable materials. People who have existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, psoriasis, or a weakened immune system may be prone to developing toenail fungus. If you see the beginning signs of this nail infection, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can discuss treatment options with you.
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 PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
- 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
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.