If your toenails have turned yellow and are brittle and cracking, you may have what is referred to as toenail fungus. It is caused by a fungus that can get into the toenail through small cracks that are in the skin around the nails, and in more severe cases, extreme discomfort may be experienced. The surrounding skin may be susceptible to this fungus due to several reasons. These may include having a compromised immune system, an injury that has happened to the nail, or having athlete’s foot. Treatment options may include using an antifungal cream. In more severe cases, an oral medication is administered. Fungal infections are known to be stubborn. Several prevention techniques exist, including keeping the feet clean and dry, especially in between the toes, making sure your toenail clippers are not shared with anyone else, and wearing appropriate shoes in public showers. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information about toenail fungus.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – The most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic: Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean.
Talcum powder – Applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in North Bellmore, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.