At first glance, skin and nail conditions might not seem to be as concerning as some of the other foot and ankle problems we resolve for patients here at Haro Podiatry & Laser Center. There usually isn’t intense pain and the risk of amputation is quite low. Looking at the bigger picture, though, a condition like fungal toenails can take away your interest in favorite activities and lower your quality of life. Fortunately, we can provide treatment to restore your nails back to health.
The thought of fungus growing on your body might make your skin crawl, but fungal toenails are actually a common condition we treat often. When the infection takes place in the toenail itself, it is known as Onychomycosis. This is different than a fungal infection on the skin of the foot known as athlete’s foot or tinea pedis. You can recognize toenail fungus by the discoloration, thickness, and crumbling of your nails.
A fungus is a microorganism that thrives in warm, moist and dark places. When covered with socks and shoes, your feet can create such an environment. Fungal infections are more prevalent in warm weather when feet tend to sweat more. A fungal infection can occur anywhere on your body and becomes more common with age. The good news about toenail fungus is that it is treatable and you can take preventative measures to reduce the risk of it happening in the first place.
Where Does It Come From?
Fungi are microbial organisms that do not require sunlight to survive. They often live in moist, warm environments and can easily be picked up in public pools, gyms, locker rooms, and other damp areas. This fungal infection can be spread from person to person, especially among family members. Nail fungus can often begin as an athlete’s foot. The infection can spread through a tiny crack in the nail or begin under the nail fold and spread from there. An infection can also spread from one toe to another or to other parts of the body.
Fungal Toenail Prevention and Treatment
Toenail fungus is certainly treatable, but it is always better to head off a condition early instead of having to deal with it later. With this in mind, there are steps that you can take to help avoid it. Avoid going barefoot in gym locker rooms, shower areas, and public pools by wearing shower shoes or sandals. Change your socks during the day if your feet sweat a lot. Do not share socks, shoes, and towels, especially with a friend or family member who has a fungal infection. Wash your feet thoroughly every day and dry them anytime they get wet.
If preventative measures haven’t been enough, or you already developed a fungal infection before learning how to prevent it, then it is time to come into our office for treatment. Home treatment is not recommended for this condition because over-the-counter medications are not particularly effective and will only waste your time and money. Your best move is to enlist the help of the professionals at Haro Podiatry & Laser Center and receive the effective treatment you need. We are equipped to eradicate the fungus and restore your nails to their natural, healthy condition.
We use a proprietary treatment program that is a mix of cutting-edge technologies and treatments. Over the years this method has proven to be extremely effective, quick and safe. There are other treatment methods we can explore if this does not sound like something you would like to pursue.
Professional Fungal Toenail Treatment
Now that you know what to look for, be sure to contact Haro Podiatry & Laser Center as soon as you recognize the signs of toenail fungus. The condition is most easily treated during its’ early stages, and we don’t want you to suffer from the embarrassment of unsightly, discolored nails.