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Onychomycosis--that's the medical term for toenail fungus, a stubborn and common foot infection. At Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, your podiatrist, Dr. Richard Lesser treats numerous cases of toenail fungus, helping people of all ages have clearer, and better shaped nails. Are you struggling with toenail fungus?
What is toenail fungus?
Organisms called dermatophytes actually thrive on toenail debris, the cells your nails naturally shed all the time. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society says that a full 20 percent of the American population has thick, discolored, and even smelly nails due to:
- Blunt force injury to the nail bed
- Constant friction between the nail and inside of the shoe
- The warm, dark, moist environment of closed toe shoes, especially athletic footwear
- Shared towels and nail clippers
- Dirty, sweaty socks
- Treading on wet locker room and gym floors (a common breeding ground for athlete's foot fungus, too)
Additionally, individuals with weak immune systems, diabetes, and circulatory problems tend to get toenail fungus, and the infection may spread to other areas of the body, including fingernails.
How your podiatrist in Howell, NJ, can help
If you have persistent onychomycosis, come to the Family Foot Health Center in Howell, NJ, where Dr. Lesser will examine your nails and surrounding skin. He may prescribe a topical ointment or cream or an oral anti-fungal medication to rid your toes of the problem for good. Extreme cases may require toenail removal.
Also, Dr. Lesser may suggest some simple strategies to keep your feet and nails fungus-free for good. These practices include:
- Wearing well-ventilated shoes in warm weather
- Changing shoes often, particularly athletic shoes
- Wearing clean, moisture-wicking (not cotton or wool) socks daily
- Washing your feet daily with soap and water and drying them thoroughly
- Using clean nail clippers and not sharing pedicure/manicure tools with others
- Trimming toenails straight across
- Wearing flip-flops at the pool or in the gym locker room
We can help
At Family Foot Health Center, Dr. Lesser treats numerous foot and ankle conditions, including stubborn toenail fungus. Let him help you achieve great podiatric health by calling the Howell, NJ, office today for a consultation: (732) 370-1100.
Dealing with a toenail fungus can be annoying and embarrassing. Find out what you can do to get healthier toenails from your Howell, NJ podiatrist.
Dealing with a toenail fungus is anything but fun. It can cause otherwise attractive feet to look unattractive and unsightly. Do you think you might be dealing with toenail fungus? If so, then it’s time you found out more about this common infection and what you and your Howell, NJ podiatrist can do to get rid of it.
What is a toenail fungus?
If you develop a fungal infection in your nail you can blame onychomycosis, a fungus, and yeast that loves dark, damp places, such as under the fingernails and toenails.
What are the symptoms of a toenail fungal infection?
Toenails that have been infected by fungus are often yellow or brown in appearance. The toenail may even thicken and become brittle. Toenails dealing with these kinds of infections are often rather embarrassing or unpleasant to look at.
What factors may predispose me to fungal infections?
Men and older adults are more likely to develop toenail fungal infections, as well as those with poor circulation, past nail traumas, bad hygiene or weakened immune systems.
Athletes are also more likely to develop fungal infection than non-athletes. This could be because of repeated nail trauma or because sweaty feet are contained within tight, damp shoes, which can be a popular breeding ground for fungus.
Are fungal infections contagious?
It is possible for a toenail fungus to be spread between family members; however, it’s less likely that a fungus will spread from one person to another. If someone in your family has a fungal infection, be careful not to share towels, socks and shoes, or nail care products.
How can they be treated?
While some minor fungal infections can be cleared up with over-the-counter or prescription creams, if you aren’t getting the relief you need then it’s time you talked to your foot doctor about laser fungal treatment. The procedure is an easy, painless and fast way to eliminate toenail fungus when other treatments just aren’t cutting it. Unlike creams and other products, the laser can penetrate through the nail to kill the fungus while leaving the skin around it unharmed.
Contact Your Howell, NJ Podiatrist
If you are dealing with a toenail fungus, isn’t it time you felt comfortable baring your feet? Find confidence again in wearing flip-flops and turn to your podiatrist today for toenail fungal treatment.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!