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The Risk of Getting Toenail Fungus

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.

For more information about treatment, contact Philip C. Caswell, DPM of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sparta, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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