What Are Fungal Toenails?
This is a condition in which a type of fungi known as dermatophytes infects the skin underneath a toenail. (These are the same kinds of fungi that also cause athlete’s foot, ringworm, and other skin irritations.) Dermatophytes “eat” keratin, a hard protein that’s abundant in both nails and skin.
Classic signs that you may be experiencing a fungal toenail infection include:
- White spots or streaks under the tip of the nail (early warning sign)
- Significant yellowish, grayish, or brownish discoloration of the nail
- Nails that are thickened, ragged, crumbly, or distorted in shape
How Did I Get Fungal Toenails?
Quite often, the fungi is first present on your skin as athlete’s foot, which then gets under your toenails via your shoes (or other contact point) through cracks in the nail, or a separation between the nail and nail bed.
Fungi can also live on damp surfaces like pool decks, locker rooms, playgrounds, gym mats, etc., and be transferred from person to person through indirect contact.
You can develop fungal toenails at any age or health status, though it tends to be more common in older adults, as well as those who sweat heavily or have a condition that affects the immune system or peripheral circulation.
Should I See a Doctor About My Fungal Toenails?
If your fungal toenails are bothering you, definitely reach out to a specialist, such as one of the doctors at Burlington County Foot & Ankle Associates.
Because the toenail provides a lot of protection (not to mention an effectively limitless source of energy) for the fungi, home treatments and remedies rarely have any effect. A professional treatment approach is almost always required to achieve the desired results.
Comprehensive Treatment for Fungal Toenails at Burlington County Foot & Ankle Associates
Successfully treating toenail fungus requires both discipline and a comprehensive approach—one that not only targets the active infection, but also gives you the tools you need to keep it from coming back.
Fortunately, this is something we’ve had a lot of practice at dealing with. We make it easy for our patients by offering a comprehensive treatment protocol that gives them the best overall chances at long-term success while also bypassing the risk of side effects present with oral antifungals.
Our office will provide you with medical strength, physician-formulated antifungal cream and foot wash solution. When used daily, these products will help you fight and eventually defeat the active infection. (Until the fungus is under control, we’ll have you come back to our office every couple of months to thin your nails, which helps make them more receptive to the medication.)
We also supply you with a vitamin supplement to help strengthen keratin and build and maintain strong, healthy nails—great for both dealing with an ongoing infection and helping your nails resist re-infection. You’ll also want to treat your shoes regularly with an antifungal spray to make them a “hostile environment” and greatly reduce the risk of fungi spreading from toes to skin and back again.
We won’t lie—treatment will take time. The fungus is well protected, and even once it’s gone you’ll still have to wait for new, clear nail to grow in. But at the same time, treatment is also safe, easy, won’t take up much of your time, and has a very high success rate when followed faithfully.
Stop Hiding Your Toes in the Sand!
You don’t have to put up with fungal toenails any longer. We have a proven solution with all the guidance and essential treatment tools you need to get your healthy toenails back for good—safely and effectively.
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