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Risk Factors for Toenail Fungus

A toenail fungus is not only unsightly, but it may be painful as well. There are many potential risk factors that increase the chances of developing a toenail fungus. Being aware of these risks may help to limit your exposure. If you have a family history of toenail fungus, it is important to monitor your toenails frequently. Other risk factors are shoes, particularly boots, that do not provide proper ventilation, which creates a warm and humid environment for fungi to thrive in. Heavy nail polish prevents light from reaching the toes and increases the risk as well. Additionally, one of the most common places for catching a toenail fungus is a locker room due to the humidity. If you believe that you may have developed a fungal nail infection, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for proper 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 one of our podiatrists of Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors 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 offices located in Fair Lawn and Riverdale, New Jersey. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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