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The Risk of Getting Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Anyone is at risk for developing toenail fungus. It is a common infection that attacks the nail bed on the toes. Research has shown that the chances of incurring this may increase as the aging process occurs. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions that can lead to getting this type of infection. These include poor circulation, psoriasis, or a weakened immune system. The fungus that causes this lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, including  public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. Because it can enter the body through small cuts in the feet, it is suggested to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of areas. Toenail fungus is contagious, and it is wise to refrain from sharing shoes, socks, and towels which may help to stop its spread. The symptoms are generally noticeable, as the toenails become yellow and brittle. Additionally, the skin may itch. Medical attention is often sought that can help to restore the nails to normalcy. As soon as you see the symptoms of a toenail fungus infection, it is strongly advised that you see a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment options.

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 Summerlin Foot & Ankle. 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 our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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