Summer is often associated with beaches, sunny days, and warm weather. However, as you transition from wearing socks and shoes to sandals and flip flops more often, you may notice that your toenails look a little strange. Toenail fungus, while a common condition, can be embarrassing. Learn more about preventing toenail fungus this summer with Dr. Howard Abramsohn, DPM at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ.
How can I recognize toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus often begins as a small green or white dot on the toenail which grows slowly over time. Nail fungus usually only appears on one or some toes. Toenail fungus often occurs when fungi enter the nail through tiny cuts or scrapes in the skin. Fungus lives in moist, warm atmosphere, making your feet their perfect breeding ground. It eventually causes the nail to become brittle, yellowed, discolored, and thickened.
How can I prevent toenail fungus?
People who are often around damp, warm places, such as a locker room shower or public pool are more at-risk for developing toenail fungus than others. Older individuals, those who perspire more heavily than others, males, and people with conditions like psoriasis or diabetes are also more at-risk for toenail fungus.
Keeping your feet dry and clean is key in preventing toenail fungus. Various anti-fungal creams and powders available at drug stores can help keep toenail fungus at bay. Be sure to change your socks often and wear moisture-wicking materials. Wash your feet thoroughly and regularly and keep your toenails clean and trimmed.
Toenail Fungus Treatment in Moorestown, NJ
Treatment for toenail fungus depends on the patient. Anti-fungal drugs can come in oral tablet or ointment forms. Medicated nail polish or cream may also help treat toenail fungus. Severe cases of toenail fungus may require removal of the nail itself. Your Moorestown, NJ foot doctor may also recommend laser therapy to treat your toenail fungus.
For more information on preventing toenail fungus, please contact Dr. Howard Abramsohn, DPM at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ. Call (856) 234-5180 to schedule your appointment for a foot and ankle examination with Dr. Abramsohn today!