Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common nail infection caused by fungal organisms that thrive in warm and moist environments. This condition typically starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail and can spread to the other toenails, causing the nail to become discolored, thickened, and brittle. The fungi responsible for toenail infections live in areas such as public pools, showers, and locker rooms. Additionally, tight or non-breathable shoes can create an environment conducive to fungal growth. Preventive measures can include keeping the feet clean and dry, and wearing well-fitting shoes that are made from breathable materials. Additionally, it is beneficial to refrain from walking barefoot in public places. If you suspect a toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help to prevent its progression and guide you toward effective treatment methods.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.
Antifungals & Deterrence
Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.
Applying foot 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.
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