Contrary to what is often thought about the source of toenail fungus, the condition is related to minor or major injury, rather than from poor hygiene. This is why athletes are some of the most common victims of the condition. As they engage in sport activity athletes’ toes push up against their shoes, directly jamming nails into the shoe and lifting up the nail for fungus to fester. This seemingly minor injury is most often the cause of toenail fungus–not poor hygiene. Luckily, there are several treatment types and preventative measures available for toenail fungus, depending on its severity.
Laser treatments are the newest innovation for eliminating toenail fungus. This method is quick and painless on feet, while still yielding true results. Whether treating mild, moderate or severe cases of foot fungus, laser treatments are effective at curing the condition.
-Topical Treatments from Your Podiatrist & Antifungal Nail Polishes
Though topical over the counter treatments work for foot fungus infections, such as athlete’s foot, OTC topical treatments do not work on treating toenail fungus. Prescription topical treatments contain stronger ingredients, which is why only your trusted podiatrist can provide the best topical formula. Topical, anti-fungal nail polishes are also effective and available at our Beaver Velley Foot Clinic & Body Beautiful offices.
Oral medications, such as the common Terbinafine (Lamisil), get to the root of the nail through the bloodstream. They allow the nail to grow out clear of fungus and healthy. By taking one tablet each day, for 3 months, you can eliminate toe nail fungus from inside. Consult with your podiatrist on whether or not oral medications are an option for you.
–Periodical Debridement from Podiatrist, & Surgical Removal
Going to your podiatrist for regular nail trimmings is a great preventative measure against toenail fungus. This prevents long nails from repetitively jabbing into shoes, also preventing injury. If nails are allowed to become long and overly thick, the toenail fungus is at a severe level and will most likely cause major discomfort and pain. Once this is reoccurring, surgical removal of the nail may be necessary.
Remember to avoid myth-filled home remedies; things like vinegar, Vick’s Vapor Rub, or bleach will only result in chemical burns and ineffective treating. Consult with your foot doctor on which type of treatment is best for you. At the Beaver Valley Foot Clinic, we provide all of the services your feet need to be completely healthy, from heel to toe.
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