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Causes and Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that results from exposure to an overgrowth of certain fungi in your toenails. These fungi, including dermatophytes and yeast, can be found naturally on the skin or in the environment, possibly as airborne spores. A contributing factor to toenail fungus is a warm and humid environment that promotes fungal growth. If your feet remain damp or sweaty for extended periods, these microbes can thrive and rapidly multiply, leading to an infection. Moreover, any crack or tear in the skin or nail can provide an entry point for the fungi, allowing them to penetrate deeper into the tissue. As the infection progresses, fungal debris accumulates under the nail, causing it to thicken and change color, typically turning yellow, brown, or white. Cracks may develop in the affected nail as it weakens. This infection can become progressively severe if left untreated. Recognizing the common symptoms early and seeking prompt treatment from a podiatrist is essential. If you believe you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you seek the help of a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

For more information about treatment, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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