An infection from toenail fungus is also known as onychomycosis. It can affect your feet when fungal spores latch onto your toenails and feed off of nail tissues. If you have toenail fungus, you might notice that the affected nail has become brittle in texture or discolored. There are several steps that you might consider taking to avoid the development of toenail fungus. For example, since these organisms thrive in warm, damp environments, you can be diligent about wearing shoes in public areas, like locker rooms and the sides of community pools. Also, you might consider applying antifungal foot powder to your feet on a regular basis. To ward off fungal infections of the feet, you might also purchase socks that are designed to wick away moisture and perspiration. If you are concerned about developing, or have an ongoing toenail fungus, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist today.
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.
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