It’s the time of year when toes start to venture out of the dark, confined spaces of closed toed tennis shoes and boots. It can get stuffy in there during the winter months, and a prime environment to breed fungus. The reality is that toenail fungus is actually everywhere, and it’s important that you do what you can to prevent getting it. Consider the tips in the excerpt below:
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Health Tip: Prevent Toenail Fungus
By Diana Kohnle, HealthDay Reporter
(HealthDay News) -- Fungi are everywhere, and can easily sneak beneath your toenails and cause an unpleasant infection.
The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these preventive steps:
- Treat feet to regular, careful washing with soap and water and a thorough drying.
- In public places, wear flip flops or shower shoes.
- Swap hosiery, socks and shoes more than once per day.
- Keep toenails trimmed and cut in a straight line. Disinfect nail clippers and other tools used on nails.
- Avoid tight hosiery, and stick to well-fitting shoes made of materials that breathe.
- Opt for socks made of synthetic materials that keep away moisture from skin.
- Don't attempt to cover up fungus discoloration with nail polish.
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If you have discolored, thick, unpresentable toenails, and you think that toenail fungus is the cause, there is an effective treatment available for you. Oral medications, topical applications (such as polishes, creams, lacquers), and homeopathic treatments won’t work because they don’t get rid of the fungus completely. However, laser treatment does. It works by shining a laser light beam directly onto the nail, breaking through the surface of the nail, and killing the pathogens embedded in the nail that are causing the fungus.
Other benefits of laser treatment include:
- It’s fast, usually requiring only three 30-minute in-office outpatient visits
- It’s safe, no blood, bandaging, or anesthesia is involved
- It’s FDA approved
- No side effects have been reported
- Patients report minimal or no pain
Adler Footcare has seen a 90% success rate using laser treatment. If you’re in the New York area, and you suffer from fungal toenails or other foot problems, especially problems causing you chronic pain, schedule a free foot assessment with a podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.