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Common Signs of Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

The most common type of nail disorder is known as onychomycosis, which is the medical term for toenail fungus. It can be an unsightly foot condition, and many people may choose to wear shoes that have a closed toe to conceal the toenails. The noticeable symptoms that most patients experience consist of yellowed toenails which have become thick, and in severe cases, may fall off. There may also be black or white spots at the bottom of the nail, which may spread to the entire surface. Toenail fungus is considered to be contagious, and is often found in warm and moist environments. These can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and locker rooms. It is strongly advised that appropriate shoes such as flip flops or water shoes be worn while in these types of areas, which may help to stop the spread of toenail fungus. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear shoes and socks that are made of breathable materials, and use disinfectants and antifungal powder inside the shoes to help the feet feel better. If you see the beginning signs of toenails fungus, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment methods.

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 one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors 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 our office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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