Fungal toenail infections can be hard to spot at first since the only visible sign will be some minor discoloration. As the infection progresses, however, the infected nails will become thicker and more brittle, and a funky odor will emanate as the fungi feed on your toenails. Fortunately, the easiest way to deal with fungal toenails is to avoid contact with the microbes!
4 ways to prevent and treat fungal toenails include the following:
Prevent the fungal toenail infection from happening in the first place!
You can protect your feet by wearing shower shoes or sandals in potentially infected public places like pool areas, locker rooms, and showers. Cutting your toenails too short can cause an ingrown toenail that leads to fungal toenails, so be sure to cut your toenails properly or have it done at your foot doctors.
A variety of creams, medicated powders, and sprays containing antimicrobial agents can help with early-stage infections. Apply them inside your footwear and directly on your feet, preferably after washing.
Debriding is a nail shaving process done with a special tool to ensure complete absorption of topical antifungal medications.
Complete toenail removal may be necessary
In the more serious fungal toenail infections, the entire nail will need to be removed for treatment so that a new healthy one can grow in.
If your fungal toenail infection has you down, see your foot doctor for a lift. 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, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. 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 at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.