With cold weather keeping most of us inside the gym rather than outside in the elements, it’s becoming more important to think about how to prevent toenail fungus. Public showers and pools are breeding grounds for these organisms, but with proper care (and shower shoes) it shouldn’t become a problem.
The nail bed is the portal for all things fungus. If you keep this area clean, dry, and wound-free you are already winning. When you clip your nails, do it straight across and then file down the parts that still need some attention. Don’t ever pick at the skin around your nails, either, because that opens up little areas that these microscopic invaders can easily access. Use an anti-fungal powder inside your shoes and on your feet. If you sweat a lot, change your socks more than once a day, because moisture is what fungus thrives on.
If you do develop an infection, it’s not the end of the world—but it should be treated quickly and thoroughly. At-home treatment is not usually enough, and a podiatrist can prescribe oral medication and creams that over-the-counter products can’t compare to. Sometimes more invasive measures need to be taken to vanquish the fungus once and for all, and these include debridement (removal of the infected parts of the nail) or surgical removal.
If you think you may have come down with a fungal infection and would like to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Viedra Elison today at 623-584-5556. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ, we will do everything in our power to get rid of your infection and make your feet healthy again.
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