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Reasons Why Toenail Fungus May Develop

Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

A foot condition known as toenail fungus is quite common among patients who are over sixty years old. It can happen because of an autoimmune disorder, nail trauma, or if the patient has athlete’s foot. Toenail fungus is contagious and is caused by a fungus that enters the skin through tiny cracks. This type of fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can consist of public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. A common symptom that is associated with toenail fungus includes a yellowing and thickening of the nails, which will often begin with the big toe. In severe cases, the nails may become brittle and may gradually crack and fall off. Mild relief may be found when the toenails are kept short, and it may help to wear shoes and socks that are made of breathable materials. Additionally, it is recommended that if you are afflicted with toenail fungus you should refrain from sharing towels, shoes, and socks. Please consult with a podiatrist if you would like more information about how to treat toenail fungus.

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 Dr. Thomas E. Silver of Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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