Fungal infections can occur anywhere on the feet, but they seem to particularly prefer growing in and around toenails. While the sight of fungus is troubling, unfortunately foot fungus is quite common.
According to Dr. David Relman, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, "They're enclosed in this tight container called the shoe and it gets hot and humid in there, which are the conditions that fungi like." In addition, the study also noted that it would be quite amusing to research people in other cultures who go barefoot more often than we do to see if fungal infections are common for them as well.
There may be steps to avoid getting fungal toenails, but not every step guarantees that this condition will never be a problem. If you are suffering from fungal toenails you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.
Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well
Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:
- Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.
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