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Are Fungal Nail Infections Common?

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

Did you know that approximately 10% of adults have fungal nail infections? This is a very common condition. Roughly 50% of all nail abnormalities are fungal infections. While both fingernails and toenails can be infected by fungus, this condition most frequently affects the toenails. The characteristic symptoms of toenail fungus are changes in the appearance of the nail. These may include thickening, brittleness, crumbliness, and discoloration. The nail may also begin to separate from the nail bed, which can cause pain or discomfort. Toenail fungus can be treated with oral or topical antifungal medications, laser therapy, or surgery. Oral antifungal medications are currently the most effective treatment option. Regardless of which treatment is suggested, it will take time to cure a fungal infection and for a new, healthy nail to grow in. If you have symptoms of toenail fungus, please see a podiatrist for treatment.

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 Abeer M. Foteh, DPM of Greater Houston Foot Centers. 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 our office located in Baytown, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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