Toenail fungus or onychomycosis is a condition that affects about 14 to 20 percent of the population. In fact, according to Prevention about 50% of all nail discoloration is caused by fungus. In addition, it can be quite complicated to treat onychomycosis especially if the condition has been neglected for a while. Likewise, certain medications and a compromised immune system can make it difficult to ward off the infection. Moreover, once you have a toenail fungal infection it can be problematic when it comes to treatment.
On the positive side, toenail fungus can be prevented. In fact, there are several ways that are effective in preventing onychomycosis.
Recognizing Toenail Fungus
Generally, the first signs of toenail fungus are white or yellow spots on the tip of the nail. The fungus will most often spread further under the nail bed. This is because fungus thrives in dark and moist environments. Once infected, the nail will often have yellow, white or brown streaks. In addition, the nails can thicken or crumble at the edges. Other symptoms include:
• Bad odor
• Sore or painful nails
• Distorted shaped nail
• The nail may lift from the nail bed
• Coarse, irregular nail surface texture
• Discoloration, e.g. yellow, black or green
• Swelling and redness around and under the nail
Rendering WebMD, once your fungal nail infection has been treated, there are various ways that you can prevent future infections. In addition, it is imperative that you take great care in preventing a reoccurring infection especially if you have diabetes or if you smoke.
• Quit smoking
• Wash your hands often
• Always keep your feet dry
• Try not to cut your nails to short
• Avoid foot injury, especially the nails
• Apply powder to your feet after a shower or bath
• Wear sandals or other shoes that allow moisture to escape
• Never share your socks, shoes, nail file or nail clippers with others
• Wear socks. Change your socks immediately if they get wet or damp
• When getting a nail manicure, make sure they use sterile equipment
• Wear shower sandals when using public facilities like a swimming pool or locker room
• Before bed, wash and dry your feet thoroughly. Apply a topical antifungal to your nails 2xs a week and up to a year
American Foot and Leg Specialists
If you suspect that you have a toenail fungus, it is best to visit a foot specialist as soon as possible. At American Foot & Leg Specialists we are dedicated to using the most advanced therapies and technology available. In fact, we use the most innovative laser toenail fungus treatment available. Moreover, laser treatment for toenail fungus uses a gentle laser light beam that does not have any adverse effects on healthy tissue. In truth, the treatment focuses only on the infected area. Moreover, no topical ointments or medications are needed.
For more information or if you would like to make an appointment for any toenail fungus issues, contact American Foot & Leg Specialists at any of our four locations in Georgia: Forest Park, Fayetteville, Stockbridge and Locust Grove. In fact, Atlanta Foot & Leg Specialists serve the South Atlanta Metro area including Clayton County, Cobb County, Douglas County, Fayette County, Fulton County and Henry County. Our hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.
Note: This article is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. Please contact American Foot & Leg Specialists or a specialist in your area if you have any concerns or questions.