Foot fungus is not the most glamorous topic but it is an important health issue that needs to be discussed. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and we know this because some of our most viewed blogs are centered around how to get rid of toenail fungus.
It’s not a pretty sight when flip flop weather comes around, so looking into toenail fungus treatment is the right path for you to take. First, lets break down the symptoms of toenail fungus and how it came to make your feet look so unattractive.
A lot of people tend to exaggerate when they think of toenail fungus and imagine the entire foot affected when in reality it’s only the nails. You might first notice an overall change in color and loss of shine of the toenail. It generally starts with a small white dot underneath the toenail bed and then spreads and turns the toenail yellowish or brown.
Keep in mind it’s slightly different for each person, so the toe could potentially even turn dark brown or greenish. If you notice that your toenail is blue or purple then you most likely have a bruised nail bed and not toenail fungus.
Another telling sign is that the nail may begin to lift up a bit and appear dry and crumbly. If you’re feeling any pain or discomfort at all, you should seek help. Men, we are sorry to break it to you, but you are more likely to contract toenail fungus than women; and the older you are the more likely you are to get it.
How do you fix this fungus before summer time?
Lucky for you, Adler Footcare has done a clinical study about toenail fungus laser treatment. By shining a laser light beam on the infected nail bed, the pathogens that caused the fungus are zapped and killed so they can no longer grow. As the toenail grows you will begin to see clear results.
The laser treatment has minimal to no side effects, no anesthesia is used, and is FDA approved. To top it all off, the clinical study of over 200 toes showed there was over a 90% success rate over a 14-month period when toenail fungus laser treatment was used.
If you want to try out some other remedies before jumping into laser treatment there are plenty out there, but keep in mind the following solutions have more side effects than laser treatment and never eliminate the fungus entirely.
- A doctor can prescribe oral medications. These pills attack the fungus by entering your bloodstream (and eventually your liver) and slowly replace the infected part of the toenail.
- You could also go the topical route and buy antifungal creams or polishes over the counter that claim to be a “quick cure,” but we have seen time and time again with our patients that they never kill the toenail fungus completely.
Prevention & Precautions
In the meantime, there are some precautionary steps you can take to not spread the fungus to others and keep it from becoming worse. Don’t walk barefoot in public places, such as locker rooms or public pools, and most importantly, avoid getting professional pedicures.
Remember to wash your feet daily and let them breathe throughout the day. Look into buying synthetic socks that keep moisture away from the skin, and keep your toenails trimmed. These best practices will help, but if you want those perfect toes for the beach, we highly recommend toenail fungus laser treatment.
Fungus-free feet = happy summer
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area and have any questions about how to get rid of toenail fungus, contact an NYC podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We are more than willing to get your feet summer-ready because we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.