Toenail Fungus

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a common infection that can cause your nails to turn yellow and thicken. Toenail fungus can spread throughout your different nails, and it can be difficult to get rid of on your own. You might find that it continues to return and it’s hard to permanently get rid of. It’s important to talk to your podiatrist about toenail fungus so that you can understand what causes it and how you can treat it.

Dealing With Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus can cause your nails to be thickened, discolored, and misshapen. This can also cause your feet to smell. If you have diabetes, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Toenail fungus can be caused by various factors and it’s important to avoid these as much as possible to prevent toenail fungus.

Common factors for toenail fungus include:

  • Wearing shoes that aren’t ventilated
  • Having a history of athlete’s foot
  • Walking barefoot in public areas, especially in damp areas

Toenail fungus is also common if you’re older, have diabetes, or if you have psoriasis. It’s important that you wash your feet consistently and dry them completely. Always make sure to wash your hands after handling infected toes and use antifungal foot powder as needed. You should also make sure to wear shoes that are breathable and always wear clean socks.

To treat your toenail fungus, you may need oral antifungal drugs, medicated nail polish, or medicated nail cream. These can help target the fungus and get rid of it for good. If you have a severe fungal infection, you may need surgery to get rid of the nail so that medication can be applied directly to the infection.

Contact Our Podiatrist Today

Make sure your feet are free from fungus. Contact Dr. Breanna Ferguson at Mid Lake Foot and Ankle in Tavares, FL, at (352) 432-8434 for more information about toenail fungus and how to deal with it.

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