Are you embarrassed by your toenails? Are they thickened, brittle, or a yellowish color? If you answered yes, then you are more than likely suffering from fungal toenails. Not only are fungal toenails unsightly, but if left untreated, they can be painful and may cause infection.
Many patients don’t seek treatment because they don’t even realize that they have fungal toenails. If you have not examined your nails recently, you should do so to look for common signs of fungal toenails. You should call Dr. Danciger immediately with signs of a fungal nail. You can tell that a fungus is forming if you see a small white or yellow spot under the tip of the nail.
It’s important to know that you don’t have to live with nasty looking toenails. There are treatment options available for you and our office will help you find the right treatment option for you. We provide many non-invasive treatment options for healing fungal toenails. Treatments include over the counter topical creams and liquids in less severe cases and sometimes oral or topical medications may be prescribed in more involved cases.
If the case is particularly bad, surgical removal of the toenail may be necessary in order to effectively remove the fungus. Removing the infected nail will prevent the return of the deformed nail.
The key is to keep your feet protected against environments where fungus can be easily contacted. We recommend the following for toenail fungus prevention:
- Wear clean socks and change them often. Wash your feet every day and be sure to dry in between your toes.
- Never go barefoot in public places. Public swimming pools and showers are breeding grounds for fungal growth. Be sure to wear shower shoes or sandals if you plan on using them.
By keeping your feet protected from fungus prone areas, and incorporating healthy feet regimens into your daily routine, you can help prevent toenail fungus from developing. Do you want more information about fungal toenail treatment? Call our office today to set up an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger.