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Who is Likely to Get Toenail Fungus?

If your toenails start to become thick, warped, fragile or yellow-colored, you may have toenail fungus. Some people are more likely to get toenail fungus than others. For example, men have this ailment more than women do, and your likelihood increases as you age. Also, those with diabetes, athlete’s foot, and a weakened immune system could be at risk. Those who are smokers and have family members with fungal infections are known to have this condition more commonly, as well. Finally, be sure to watch for toenail fungus if you spend a lot of time in water, or if you have recently injured the area around your toe. Podiatrists can diagnose and treat toenail fungus. Common treatment options include creams, prescription pills or laser treatments. In order to prevent toenail fungus, keep your toes dry, clean and properly trimmed. If you believe you may have toenail fungus, contact a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Mark Davison of Active Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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