What NOT to Do if You Think You Have Toenail Fungus

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Nov 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

toenail_fungus_seclusionIf you’re fairly confident that you have toenail fungus – you’ve noticed your nails are becoming discolored, brittle or thick, ridges and indentations are appearing, and the nail is raising up from the nail bed – there are some things you want to be sure you don’t do and risk spreading it to other people. You can protect others by protecting yourself. Ultimately, you’ll want to consider your treatment options, especially toenail fungus laser treatment which gets rid of the infection completely.

Seclude Yourself

Toenail fungus can be embarrassing. So embarrassing, that you don’t want your feet to be seen in public. So when you’re invited to the beach or to go swimming with your friends, you decline – over and over again. After a while you will miss the social interaction and become depressed. Don’t wait around for winter when you can wear closed toed shoes again and not seem out of place. Start researching your treatment options instead.

Get a Pedicure

Many people get toenail fungus from unsanitary practices at nail salons. Don’t be THAT person who spread toenail fungus because they thought they might have it, but got a pedicure anyway. You don’t want that possibility weighing on your conscience now, do you?

Walk Barefoot in Public Places

The most common way to get – and spread – toenail fungus is by walking barefoot in public places. If you think you have toenail fungus, stay clear of walking barefoot around locker rooms, public pools, and common showers. Instead where flip flops or water shoes. Those small, sneaky fungal pathogens can be easily spread. This is one time you do not want to share.

Share Socks or Shoes With Someone Else

Toenail fungus loves warm, humid environments, so it will make its home in the shoes and socks you wear most often. If you think you have toenail fungus, don’t let anyone else wear your socks and shoes and don’t try on anyone’s shoes or socks either. It’s a common courtesy. What they don’t know CAN hurt them.

Soak Your Feet in Bleach…or Urine

We hate to even mention it, but it’s prevalent enough online when you search “toenail fungus treatments.” People actually soak their feet in bleach or urine thinking that will somehow kill the fungus. Not only is it gross, it’s not healthy to expose your feet to chemicals or toxins. We’ll save you the trouble – it won’t get rid of the toenail fungus completely, so don’t even try. If you want to try other, less disgusting natural home remedies, by all means go ahead, but odds are they won’t work.

Don’t Do Nothing

If you think you have toenail fungus, don’t just sit around and wait for it to go away on its own. It won’t. You can try over-the-counter topical treatments like creams, oils and lacquers, but they will only help temporarily. If you really want to get rid of your toenail fungus completely, visit a podiatrist and ask about toenail fungus laser treatment. It’s the only surefire way you will get rid of it completely.

If you’re ready to have the discussion about laser treatment, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, toenail fungus