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Understanding Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common infection affecting the nails. It is caused by fungi, such as dermatophytes, which thrive in warm, moist environments. Symptoms include thickened, discolored nails that may become brittle or crumbly. The infection often starts as a white or yellow spot under the nail and can spread, leading to nail distortion and possible separation from the nail bed. Causes include frequent exposure to damp conditions, such as sweaty shoes or communal showers. Risk factors include older age, a history of athlete's foot, weakened immune systems, and poor circulation. Preventative measures include keeping feet dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment solutions, which often include prescribed medication.

For more information about treatment, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM of Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 our office located in Hoover, Oneonta, and Munford, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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