We love our beautiful Florida weather, but the warm and humid conditions are perfect for an uninvited and unsightly guest – toenail fungus.
The organisms that cause fungal nail love warm, moist environments such as those at a nail salon, public pool, gym, locker room or shower. These fungi are very contagious and will thrive in the dark, damp insides of your shoes.
Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
Does one or more of your toenails look odd? Have they changed their appearance recently?
Fungal nail can cause your nail to become thicker, yellowish and discolored. The nail will become distorted in shape and appear brittle or ragged. As debris builds up underneath the nail, it will look even darker and may even have an unpleasant odor. The nail may even separate from the nail bed and be very painful.
Treating Fungal Nail
Home remedies work only temporarily to relieve the symptoms of toenail fungus, especially if the infection has progressed.
For complete healing, please come see us at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle. We’ll examine your feet carefully and take a culture to identify the type of organism.
Most patients respond well to laser treatments for fungal nail. With these treatments, a focused light can get right to the infection’s source. A laser works better than topical creams that can’t get beneath the surface of the nail. They are virtually painless and allow you to get back to your normal activities quickly. And there are no side effects, unlike many oral medications.
Toenail Fungus Can Be Prevented
Stop fungal nail before it begins! Toenail fungus can be prevented with these common-sense tips:
- Wash your feet in soapy water every day and dry carefully, especially between the toes.
- Always wear flip flops or shower shoes in public areas like locker rooms, spas, gyms, showers and pools.
- Choose shoes made of “breathable” materials like leather and suede.
- Alternate wearing your shoes so they can dry out thoroughly between each wearing.
- Change into clean socks when they get damp or sweaty. Synthetic blends can wick away moisture better than cotton or wool socks.
- Always trim toenails straight across – don’t round at the corners where they can cut into the surrounding skin and tissue.
- Disinfect your home pedicure tools after each use.
- Don’t polish your nails if they are discolored or if you suspect a nail fungus. Toenails need to “breathe” in order to heal.
We Can Eliminate Unattractive and Painful Toenail Fungus
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating all types of skin conditions of the foot including fungal nail. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Let us help you get your feet in beautiful shape quickly and painlessly!