Get Rid of Toenail Fungus: The Podiatrist’s Guide

Onychomycosis, aka fungal toenails, affects over three million Americans each year. How much do you know about it? Do you know how you got it? How to get rid of it forever? Today, the providers at the FAAWC are letting you in on their secrets for how to get rid of toenail fungus.

All About Fungus

But first, what is toenail fungus? How does it spread? And what does toenail fungus look like? 

Toenail fungus is exactly that, a fungus that grows under the toenail. Toenail fungus can be picked up in wet communal areas like lockers rooms and pools, or it can develop on sweaty feet protected by heavy workboots. You are at a particular risk if you have a cut near the nail, have poor circulation, or are diabetic.

When first infected, you may only notice small lines or spots of whitish/yellow discoloring on the toenails. Over time this will spread and worsen, becoming darker or even omitting a foul odor. Further signs of a fungal infection include yellowing, thickening, or brittleness of one or more toenails.

But toenail fungus is easy to treat, right?

It can be when caught early. But the majority of cases treated with at-home remedies only end up recurring. The best way to fight a fungal infection can vary from person to person. Knowing what works best for you is a simple matter of visiting your FAAWC provider.

If left untreated, fungal nail infections can spread to the skin (athlete’s foot) and even the skin and nails of the hands. Nails will become more unsightly over time, and you are at a greater risk of cracking or creating jagged edges because of nail brittleness.

So, how do I get rid of toenail fungus for real?

Some OTC products can manage smaller infections when caught early. However, visiting a podiatrist is the best choice. Your provider has access to the latest therapies and products. Oral medications and prescription creams are often used for minor infections. Newer therapies such as laser nail treatments can work magic on deeper and more stubborn infections.

What can I do to hide my fungal toenails?

We understand that toenail fungus can lead to embarrassment with showing your feet. It doesn’t have to be that way! Our PediCare salon is staffed by Certified Medical Nail Technicians who are experts at applying the Keryflex Replacement Nail system. This cosmetic cover-up can be applied over treated nails as they heal and grow.

Make an appointment with our providers today for an evaluation of your toenail fungus. Or call to book with our nail salon for a Keyrflex Replacement Nail package. Learn more on our website!

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