No one wants fungal toenails in the summer, but did you know that you are still at risk during the colder months? Fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, and it may look a bit different during the winter. If you don’t air out those rain boots after walking in the cold rain, you may be more at risk of developing a fungal infection than you think. To get you ready for the warmer weather, the team at Gentle Touch Footcare has some answers on how to identify and treat a fungal toenail.
What does it mean if you are diagnosed with a fungal toenail infection?
Foot fungus has come in contact with your feet, particularly in or around your toenails. With this infection, you can pass this nuisance along to others. Until you have been cleared by a podiatrist, be sure to avoid sharing hygiene items such as clippers or switching shoes.
Who is at risk?
Here are the top risk factors for developing this condition:
- People who practice poor foot hygiene
- People who walk barefoot in common, public areas
- People who are over the age of 65
- People who have diabetes
- People who have excessively sweaty feet
- People who have a damaged toenail due to trauma
What can I do to prevent this condition?
- Allow your shoes, socks, and feet to thoroughly dry
- Wear clean, dry socks
- Do not share hygiene items
- Wash, dry and inspect your feet daily
How do you treat a fungal toenail?
Before treatment, it is best to confirm your diagnosis with a podiatrist. After receiving a diagnosis, here are your options:
- Having a podiatrist regularly trim the infected toenail
- Using over-the-counter or prescription creams
- Taking prescription-strength oral medications
- Learning more about laser therapy
Take early action at the sight of fungal toenail infection. To be certain of your diagnosis, make an appointment with Bruce Theall, DPM. Call today at 973-673-3668. Our Essex County office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.