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Causes and Implications of Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, commonly known as toenail fungus, is a fungal infection that affects the toenails, leading to discoloration, thickening, and brittleness. This condition occurs when dermatophyte fungi invade the nail bed, typically thriving in warm, moist environments such as sweaty shoes or communal showers. Additionally, yeast and mold can also contribute to the development of onychomycosis. Several factors increase the risk of contracting this infection, including aging, poor circulation, and a weakened immune system. Other factors include trauma to the nail and pre-existing conditions like diabetes or athlete's foot. Furthermore, habits such as walking barefoot in public areas or sharing nail grooming tools can facilitate fungal transmission. Onychomycosis not only affects the aesthetic appearance of the nails but can also cause discomfort, pain, and difficulty in walking if left untreated. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options which often include prescribed medication for complete healing.

For more information about treatment, contact Desiree Garzon, DPM of County Wide Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Boynton Beach, and Wellington, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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