Even though toenail fungus is fairly common, dealing with it isn’t always easy! While most cases of nail fungus are mild, some people may need professional help from their podiatrist if the infection worsens. Either way, calling your foot doctor and setting up an appointment is always a great first step. How can you beat nail fungus for good? Here are some of the ways you can beat nail fungus and some need-to-know information about the condition.
The good news is nail fungus can easily be detected with daily at-home foot checkups or during your podiatry visit. Here’s what to look out for:
- Thickened nails (in some cases, nails can become thinner)
- Nails that have separated from the nail bed.
- Smelly feet
- Pain, if left untreated
- Brittle or crumbly nails
- Debris build-up underneath the nail
When it comes to nail fungus, preventing it is much easier than getting rid of it. Podiatrists recommend these tips for lowering your chances of catching nail fungus:
- Wearing shoes in locker rooms, public pool areas, etc.
- Allowing your shoes to air out in between wears
- Avoid sharing the same towels or nail clippers as someone else.
- Regularly washing your feet with soap and water, ensuring that you dry them thoroughly afterward.
- Washing and changing your socks daily (especially for those with sweaty feet)
- Choosing a sanitary nail salon
While most cases of nail fungus are mild, for some it’s not always as simple. Even if your treatment is successful, the condition often comes back. But with the consistent use of medications, you can get rid of nail fungus. At-home treatments are usually not worth the effort, so put your best foot forward by visiting your local podiatrist for a diagnosis! Most treatment options include:
- Medicated nail cream
- Medicated nail polish
- In-office removal of fungus (filing and cutting the nail)
- Removal of the nail (in serious cases)
Do you think you have toenail fungus? Call our office today and ask about it. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.