4 Ways To Treat and Prevent Fungal Toenails
Fungal toenail is a very common toe problem and it often goes untreated in early stages because the symptoms may be rather mild initially. But as the infection worsens, the affected nails will become more and more discolored and brittle, and an unpleasant smell may be emitted by the fungus.
Many people tend to have more problems with their toenails as they get older, and gents tend to have fungal toenail infections more often than ladies.
4 ways to prevent and treat fungal toenails include the following:
Prevent nail infection in the first place—Protect your feet by wearing shower shoes or sandals in public areas like pools, locker rooms and showers. Also, be sure to pay careful attention when trimming your toenails so that you don’t cut them too short. This will help to avoid an ingrown toenail from occurring. Ingrown toenails can be a way for bacteria and fungi to get underneath your nail bed.
Antifungal topicals and medicines—Lotions and sprays containing antifungal agents can be effective for early-stage infections. Oral antifungal medicine can be used to kill the microbes from within.
Nail thinning—A special tool is used to debride the nail. This will help to ensure complete absorption of antifungal lotions.
Complete nail removal—In very advanced fungal toenail infections, the entire nail will need to be removed so that a new one can grow in after the infection is eradicated.
If your fungal toenail infection is out of control, see your foot care professional for the most effective care. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.