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Possible Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

The medical condition that is known as toenail fungus is considered to be contagious and can easily spread from one toenail to the other. It may be present in public pools, showers, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. Preventive measures may include wearing appropriate shoes while spending time in these environments. An additional reason why this condition may develop may possibly come from having wet toenails most of the time. The noticeable symptoms that are associated with toenail fungus may include yellow or brittle nails that can lift off of the nail bed. Possible treatment options may consist of applying a topical medication on the nails or taking antifungal pills. For severely affected toenails, surgery may be a viable option for removal of the nail, and this may be successful in eliminating any infection that may be present. It is suggested to consult with a podiatrist if you have toenail fungus who can recommend the best treatment method for you.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Joshua David Scoll of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Philadelphia and Bensalem, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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