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Treating Toenail Fungus

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Onychomycosis, also called tinea unguium, is a fungal infection affecting the nails. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments which can cause them to overpopulate. The same fungi that cause jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm can cause nail infections. Such an infection might present itself as yellow or white spots on the toenail, the nail may raise from the nail bed, the skin surrounding the affected toenail may darken, the nail can become brittle and thick, and there may be a foul odor. Complications can arise from toenail fungus, so early intervention is suggested. Toenail fungus is contagious as well. It can spread between nails, onto the skin, and to other people. If you have any of these symptoms, see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Fungal infections can mimic symptoms of other conditions. Once confirmed, a podiatrist will be able to recommend treatment for your specific toenail issue.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ferndale, Milford, and Commerce Twp., MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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