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Douglas Pacaccio, DPM
Thomas Nordquist, DPM

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Toenail Fungus?

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common infection that affects the toenails, caused by various types of fungi. It often starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail and can spread deeper, leading to discoloration, thickening, and crumbling at the edges of the nail. Causes of toenail fungus include exposure to damp environments, such as public showers or pools, wearing tight shoes, and having a history of athlete's foot. Symptoms include nails becoming discolored, brittle, and misshapen, sometimes accompanied by a foul odor. The affected toenail may also separate from the nail bed, causing discomfort. Proper foot hygiene, keeping feet dry, and avoiding shared nail care tools are preventive measures. Early treatment is important to prevent the infection from spreading and to restore nail health. Toenail fungus can be unsightly and can affect the skin on the feet. If you have developed this infection, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively treat toenail fungus.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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