As the Spring season approaches it is important to evaluate your toenails for potential fungus infection. Fungal infection of the toenails is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing pain.
Discolored toenails are a common complaint of patients that present to our office. Typically a discolored toenail can be a sign of "Onychomycosis." The key to diagnosis and treatment is prompt evaluation of the discolored toenail. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenail that can be caused from trauma to the toenail, pedicures, damp areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers. Treatment options consist of topical antifungal treatment, oral antifungal treatment, nail avulsion, and lazer treatment of the toenails.
The majority of cases if caught early enough can be treated with nail trimming and topical antifungal medication.
Carolina Foot Specialists offers a liquid product for toenail fungus called Clear Nails. The active ingrediants consist of liquid Lamisil, ciclopirox, and fluconazole. Clear nails is an inexpensive safe option that assists in clearing of the toenail.
Some preventative measures include proper hygiene, clean and dry feet which will resist disease, washing the feet with soap and water, shower shoes when in a locker rooms setting, disinfecting home pedicure tools, and not applying nail polish to nails suspected of infection.