Tips to Prevent Toenail Fungus and How We can Help

As the weather warms up, our smaller, lighter summer clothes begin to replace our heavy winter wardrobe. With this change often comes the replacement of your winter boots for summer sandals. However, since your feet are cooped up in socks all winter, you may not have noticed that you have the signs of toenail fungus. Find out more about spotting, treating and preventing toenail fungus with help from your Somerset, NJ podiatrist.

How do I know if I have toenail fungus? 
This common fungal infection begins with a white or yellow spot under the nail. Toenail fungus is more common than fingernail fungus since the feet’s warm, moist atmosphere is the perfect environment for the fungus to grow. When the fungus infects the toenails, it is called onychomycosis. When it infects the foot or between the toes, it is known as athlete’s foot.

The main symptoms of toenail fungus include:

Additionally, infected nails may separate from the nail bed, allowing pockets to form. This condition may be painful, causing the nails to ache. You should see your Somerset podiatrist if you experience the symptoms of toenail fungus, especially if it is painful or you have diabetes.

How can I prevent toenail fungus? 
Preventing toenail fungus is as simple as doing your best to keep your feet clean and dry. If you are in a moist place, such as a locker room or a public pool, be sure to always wear shower sandals so that your feet do not come into contact with the potentially contaminated floor. Try using antifungal powder or spray on your feet to decrease the risk of infection. Wear moisture-wicking socks and change them often. Additionally, be sure to let your shoes air out for 24 hours before wearing them again.

How can my Somerset podiatrist help? 
If you experience the symptoms of toenail fungus, schedule an appointment with your doctor at Premier Foot & Ankle Center. Your doctor will use a physical examination and, sometimes, testing to determine that there are no underlying conditions causing your symptoms. Over-the-counter antifungal creams or nail polishes may help eliminate your infection. Stronger prescription medications, creams, and polishes prescribed by your doctor can help if the over-the-counter options do not help your symptoms. In the most severe cases, your doctor may remove the toenail entirely.

For more information on preventing and treating toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Jade Gittens at Premier Foot & Ankle Center in Somerset, NJ. Call (732) 412-1282 to speak with a knowledgeable and friendly associate about scheduling your foot examination today!

Dr. Jade Gittens

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