Toenail fungus is a very common disease that affects nearly 20% of Americans today. Ways to prevent contracting this infection are to keep your feet dry, clean, and away from any potential active fungus. Toenail fungus, also known as Onychomycosis, is contagious and care should be taken to never share clippers or scissors. Family members are at high risk of contracting the infection from one another, so awareness of the condition is vital to stemming its spread. There are a number of treatments including topical ointment, pharmaceuticals, and cold laser therapy.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.
Talcum powder – applying 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
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.