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Symptoms and Overview of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common fungal infection that affects the nails, particularly the toenails. It occurs when fungi, such as dermatophytes, yeasts, or molds, invade the nail bed through cracks or cuts in the nail or surrounding skin. The warm and moist environment inside shoes provides an ideal breeding ground for fungal growth, leading to the development of toenail fungus. Symptoms of toenail fungus often include thickened, discolored nails that may appear yellow, brown, or white. As the infection progresses, nails can become brittle, crumbly, and distorted in shape. In some cases, toenail fungus may cause discomfort or pain, especially when wearing shoes or applying pressure to the affected nails. Additionally, fungal infections can spread to adjacent nails or skin if left untreated. Prompt recognition and treatment of toenail fungus are important to prevent further complications and restore nail health. If you have discolored toenails, it may indicate toenail fungus has developed, and it is suggested that a podiatrist be contacted who can provide appropriate treatment options.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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