Toenail Fungus is not something to discuss with friends since it can be embarrassing and cause health complications when not dealt with appropriately. It’s caused by fungi that grow and thrive in areas that are hot and moist. These areas can be found everywhere we look, from our public facilities to our own shoes! Toenail fungus causes damage to the nail via thickening, brittleness, strong odors and discoloration. Since it can spread to other nails, it should be treated with haste to prevent it from becoming a larger problem. The fungus that assaults the toenail can also occur from an unclean or improper pedicure. It is highly recommended to treat toenail fungus early on. If not, it will require more significant treatment to destroy.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Please use shoes that are clean and dry and change them frequently to prevent fungal buildup.
- Use antifungal medicines to destroy the fungal infection. Antibiotics may be necessary to fight off compound infections at the fungal toenail location.
- Laser treatment is very highly recommended as it can abolish stubborn infections deep underneath the toenail bed where medicated creams cannot reach. Light rays will be focused on the infected toenail to destroy the fungus underneath without major surgery.
- In contrast, the toenail can be physically removed to destroy the infection and allow for an uninfected nail to grow back.
Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM will be able to assist with providing relief from your fungal toenail through targeted treatment. If you’re ready to be done with the stigma of toenail fungus, please contact us to make an appointment today. We have offices conveniently located in Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb, MI. We look forward to providing you with the best podiatry services available! Moreover, take a look at our Patient Education library for additional tips and information that can help you recognize foot infections before they become out of control and do something about it in a proactive manner.