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Toenail Fungus: Signs You Have It and How To Treat It

Toenail Fungus: Signs You Have It and How To Treat It

What you need to know about toenail fungus

You love wearing sandals and baring your toes in summer, but now your toenail is dry, crumbly and dark. It looks so ugly, and you’re wondering what it is. Chances are you have toenail fungus, a common condition caused by fungi that accumulate in between your toenail and nail bed.

Your podiatrists at Buxmont Foot & Ankle Care Centers in Newtown, Pennsylvania want you to know how to recognize toenail fungus and how your podiatrist can help.

Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, can begin as a small yellow or white spot under your toenail. The spot gets bigger as it grows deeper into your nail. Your podiatrists at Buxmont Foot & Ankle Care Centers want you to know about the other signs and symptoms of toenail fungus. According to the Mayo Clinic, you may have nail fungus if your toenails are:

  • Dull, yellow and thickened
  • Ragged, crumbly or brittle
  • Distorted or oddly shaped
  • Darkened from debris building up under your nail
  • Separated from the nail bed
  • Painful, with a foul odor

Your podiatrists at Buxmont Foot & Ankle Care Centers want you to try some home remedies to get relief. Remember to:

  • Apply over-the-counter antifungal creams
  • Apply Vicks VapoRub daily to your toe and underneath your toenail
  • Trim and thin your toenails to reduce nail pressure

For stubborn, severe cases of toenail fungus that don’t respond to home treatment, it’s time to see your podiatrists at Buxmont Foot & Ankle Care Centers. They offer several effective treatments for toenail fungus, including:

  • Prescription oral antifungal medication to eliminate fungus growth and help you grow a new, fungus-free toenail
  • Prescription medicated nail cream or nail polish to treat the underlying fungus
  • Surgical removal of the infected nail
  • Laser or light therapy to kill the fungus

If you think you might have toenail fungus, you don’t have to deal with it alone. Call your podiatrists at Buxmont Foot & Ankle Care Centers with offices in Newtown and Warminster, Pennsylvania. They can help treat your toenail fungus and get you ready for summer, so call today!

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