Yellow, brittle, thick, toenails are generally not something you want to show off in your sandals this season. The cause of this is a microscopic organism that is similar to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot, and as with any fungus, it can be spread more easily in the summer months when the warm, moist air provides an ideal environment for growth. So be wary when out in public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms and showers, being sure to wear shower shoes or sandals to avoid direct contact with infected surfaces.
If, despite your best efforts, you do develop a toenail fungus infection it can be very difficult to eradicate on your own. Over the counter medications may have initial success, but the infection often comes back. Seeing a podiatrist is essential to getting the treatment you need to really attack the fungus. Some of these treatments may include:
- Oral prescription and other anti-fungals—A cream or lotion in combination with an oral antifungal medicine is often a good strategy for tackling the fungi.
- Laser treatment—This treatment evaporates fungal spores and can be very effective at eliminating fungus with no pain or other side effects. It also will not damage healthy skin and nails.
- Nail removal—For advanced infections it may be necessary to remove the nail. When a new, healthy nail grows in its place, the infection can be treated more easily.
Below are a few great ways to prevent yourself from getting toenail fungus this season:
- Keep your feet clean and dry—Always carefully dry your feet after bathing, being extra vigilant to dry between your toes. Wear shoes and socks that are made with breathable materials, and be sure to change them every day.
- Protect your feet—Wear shower shoes or sandals in public pool, shower, and locker areas.
- Keep clippers clean—Clean your nail files and clippers regularly and don’t share them others.
Here at David L. Kahan, DPM, we offer state-of-the-art laser treatment to remove your toenail fungus. If you currently suffer from toenail fungus and haven’t been able to heal it, schedule a no obligation consultation with David L. Kahan today at (916) 487-2383 or fill out our online request form.