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Find out the best approach for getting rid of a fungal infection within a toenail.
Noticing that one of your toenails has started to get thick, brittle and yellow? If so, then chances are pretty good that a fungal infection is to blame. If you are dealing with this issue our Ocala, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Robert Linn, Jr., is here to tell you the many treatment options available to you.
Most of the time, many of our healthy patients who aren’t dealing with diabetes will try and treat their fungal toenail infection all on their own. There is nothing wrong with that. After all, there are quite a few topical antifungal treatments that you can purchase over the counter from your local pharmacist that might work for you.
However, topical antifungals aren’t often the most effective approach since the fungus is often within and under the nail, areas that this topical cream or ointment won’t be able to penetrate. You will take this medication for several weeks but won’t notice if the treatment was successful until several months later when the nail grows in healthy and clear.
Did you know that there is a nail polish that could actually help you get rid of your toenail fungus? The nail polish is applied to the infected nail and left on for several days before being removed and reapplied. This polish may be used for several months and even up to one year and it can be a great way to prevent future infections in those who are prone to toenail fungal infections.
Oral Antifungal Medication
This is the most common treatment option that our Ocala foot doctor may recommend to you if you are dealing with toenail fungus. Since the medication is taken by mouth it is more effective and kills the infection more efficiently than topical antifungals will. Again, just like with topical medication, you won’t notice results until the nail has grown back.
If you are interested in finding out more about treatments that could finally eliminate that pesky fungal infection then it’s time you called Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala. Let our expert podiatry team help you get beautiful, clear toenails again.
Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When you experience trauma to your nail, the nail bed is lifted, allowing fungus to invade. Without treatment, this fungus can grow and spread, particularly in dark, warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes.
Common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include:
Discoloring or yellowing of the nail
Thickening or crumbling of the nail
Swelling around the nail
Streaks or spots down the side of the nail
Foul-smelling debris under the nail
Pain and discomfort
Complete nail loss
Prevention is Key
Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly. Because removal of the fungus is challenging, prevention plays an important role in treatment.
Keep nails neatly trimmed.
Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing with soap and water, drying feet and toes, carefully, and changing shoes regularly.
Always wear shoes in public areas, such as showers, locker rooms and pools.
Wear comfortable shoes that aren't too tight.
Avoid wearing nail polish for long periods, as it prevents the nail from breathing and can seal in fungus.
Treatment of Toenail Fungus
If you do develop toenail fungus, especially if the infection has become painful, visit our office. People with a chronic illness like diabetes should always see a podiatrist if they notice any changes in their nails, as it may be an indication of a more serious issue.
To eliminate the fungus, a podiatrist may remove as much of the infected nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Oral or topical antifungal medications may also be prescribed to treat the infection. Laser treatment options are also sometimes available.
It’s only for severe, chronic infections that surgical removal of the nail might be recommended. Our office can help diagnose the cause of your toenail troubles, and make the best recommendation for treatment.