Toenail fungus is not a pretty picture. While it’s often harmless and can remain that way, it can also lead to future foot pain and other problems. Plus, who wants to have ugly, crusty looking toenails anyway? Probably not you, so it only makes sense that you would want to beat the odds any way that you can to keep yourself from getting a toenail fungus infection. Even a New York podiatrist can’t predict the future, but can tell you some things that make you more susceptible to toenail fungus and precautions to take to keep you from getting it.
You are at a higher risk of getting toenail fungus if:
- You have a weak immune system
- You have Diabetes
- You’re a smoker
- You spend a lot of time in the water
- You’ve injured your toenail
Also, men are more likely to get toenail fungus than woman, people over the age of 60 have a better chance of getting it, and people who have family members who’ve had toenail fungus are also at a higher risk of contracting it.
Precautions to help you beat the odds:
- Don’t walk around barefoot in public places, such as community pools or locker rooms. Nail fungus can easily be spread this way.
- Avoid keeping your toes stuffed inside your boots in non-breathable socks. Toenail fungus thrives in damp, moist areas.
- Treat even the tiniest cut on your foot. This is how the fungal organisms can creep in.
- When getting a pedicure make sure the tools being used are properly sanitized.
- Wash your feet with soap and water daily and dry them well.
So, even if you are at a higher risk of getting toenail fungus, that doesn’t mean that you will, especially if you take the proper precautions.
However, you might have toenail fungus if your nails:
- Become discolored, turning a yellow or brown color
- Start to look oddly shaped or warped in some way
- Are starting to separate from the nail bed
- Are thicker than normal
- Become weak and break easily
The good news is that there is a treatment option available.
You’ll read and hear a lot about oral medications, topical creams and polishes, and even home remedies used to treat toenails. These don’t usually work. The toenail fungus is gone for a little while, but ends up coming back because it wasn’t eliminated completely. The best treatment is toenail fungus laser treatment. It works by shining a laser light beam onto the infected nail(s) and completely killing the organisms causing the infection. It’s safe, very effective, has no reported side effects, is nearly pain free, and gets rid of your toenail fungus for good.
Beat the odds and learn more about toenail fungus laser treatment at Adler Footcare by downloading the free offer below, or contact a New York podiatrist at our office. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.