Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and smelly mess that can really ruin the condition of your toenails. It makes your nails turn yellow, thick, and brittle, and there is often a foul odor associated with the fungal activity. The cause of a fungal nail infection is the same fungi that create athlete’s foot infections, so it’s no wonder that the infection can easily spread underneath your toenails.
3 great treatments for fungal toenail infections:
- Prescription medications—oral antifungal medicine is available to treat fungal infections, but discuss the side effects with your doctor. Topical antifungal creams may also be effective.
- Laser treatment—Cutting-edge laser treatment evaporates the fungal spores that cause the infection. With little pain or other side effects, this procedure will require multiple treatments over a period of weeks or months.
- Nail removal surgery—For entrenched infections, the toenail may need to be entirely removed so the infection can be completely eradicated. A new, beautiful toenail will grow over a period of many months.
Avoiding Fungal Nail Infections
Some simple steps can help you to avoid toenail fungus infections. Keep your feet clean and dry every day. Protect your feet whenever you are in public areas like locker rooms, pools, and showers. Since fungi are infectious, never share your nail files, clippers, or shoes with other people.
For difficult fungal toenail infections, your podiatrist can provide the best care. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. Common ones include sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Podiatrists, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area. Our offices are conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, Downingtown and Woodlyn PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.