How to Deal With Toenail Fungus

If your toenails are brittle, yellow, or cracking, you may have a toenail fungus. This fungus, known in the medical world as onychomycosis and tinea unguium, may cause your toenails to thicken and fall apart on the edges. But Somerset patients have options for treatment.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

When you develop a nail fungus, you may notice a white spot in under your nail that may start to grow bigger. Sometimes the nail can become loose or fall off. The nails are usually yellow and crumble at the edges. Some people may feel pain and yet others may not.

Treatment for Toenail Fungus

Besides being unsightly, untreated toenail fungus can cause further problems. It can spread to other areas of the body and increase pain and discomfort. Somerset patients can treat toenail fungus at home with topical creams that are applied directly to the affected nail. In worse cases, Dr. Jade T. Gittens of Premier Foot and Ankle Center podiatry offers treatment with prescription pills or surgery in the most severe cases.

Who Gets Toenail Fungus

Unfortunately for men, they are the more common victims of toenail funguses. The risk of developing a toenail fungus also increases with age. If you have diabetes or a weak immune system, you are more susceptible to a foot infection. Smoking also increases your risk of developing a toe fungus. If you believe you are at risk, talk to your podiatrist about ways to keep your feet healthy.

How to Avoid It

In order to limit your risk of toenail fungus, always keep your feet clean and dry. Avoid sharing shoes or toenail clippers with others. Use a powder on your feet after you get out of the shower in order to keep them dry.

Toenail fungus can be unsightly and uncomfortable. But Somerset patients can seek treatment through over-the-counter medications, prescription meds, or even surgical nail removal by a podiatrist. If you notice the tell-tale signs of a foot infection, call your podiatrist today to ask for their recommendations.

Dr. Jade Gittens

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