Fungal toenail infections are stubborn things. Even once the fungus has been eradicated, it can still take months for the distorted, yellow toenail to fully grow out and off. That’s why prevention is the best strategy by far.
In order to prevent fungus, keep your feet clean and dry, and avoid contact as much as possible with surfaces at high risk for contamination. Warm, moist, public surfaces, like locker rooms and showers, are fungus breeding grounds, so always bring a pair of sandals or shower shoes—never go barefoot. Change socks regularly and give shoes a chance to dry out completely (rotate through at least two pairs daily) so that fungus can’t build a home there, either. Putting antifungal powder in your shoes overnight is another good strategy.
When toenail fungus comes to roost, give Harvey Danciger, DPM a call right away. These infections do not go away on their own and home care is almost always ineffective, but an experienced podiatrist can help you eradicate these pesky invaders for good. To schedule an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA office, call us at 760-568-0108 today.