Toenail Fungus is a tough infection to fight. It can lead to cracked skin since the fungus produces itchy, irritated skin. Failure to obtain timely treatment not only leads to an unsightly, and painful brittle nail, but also the chance that the entire nail separates from the nail bed. Proper care is paramount since this condition can easily happen again and can spread to other parts of the body.
Treatment for toenail fungus involves:
- Use of oral antifungal medications that can help to destroy the infection. Those with liver complications may not want to take this medication as it can have adverse reactions.
- Medicated nail polishes may help to deter a toenail fungal infection, although it is not as effective as other methods.
- Medicated creams and powders are helpful for covering the entire foot so that the infection doesn’t spread any further and should be applied between the toes to ensure that fungi do not multiply in those locations due to the moist nature of the spot.
- Use of flip-flops or some type of footwear when walking in public pools or gym locker rooms.
- Refrain from sharing shoes and sterilize showers used by family members with a fungal infection.
- Laser treatment is very helpful in destroying fungus residing underneath the nail without invasive surgery since it penetrates the layer of the toenail effortlessly. The only other surgical option would be to physically remove the nail which can lead to longer than expected recovery times.
Toenail fungus can wreak havoc on nails and on the surrounding skin. Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will help to destroy the fungal infection and treat any resulting cracked skin. Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above today!