Toenail fungus treatment in the Aiken, SC 2980, Beaufort, SC 29902, Cayce, SC 29033, Columbia, SC 29204 and 29203, Florence, SC 29501, Hartsville, SC 29550, Hinesville, GA 31313, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, Newberry, SC 29108, North Charleston, SC 29418, Orangeburg, SC 29115, Savannah, GA 31405, Summerville, SC 29486, Sumter, SC 29150, and Charleston, SC 29414 areas

Your toes generally reside in a warm, damp environment. Unfortunately, this makes for a great area for fungus to grow. If left untreated, fungal infection can spread, which is why it’s so important to get professional help early on and find out about treatment options.

Toenail fungal infections happen when fungus works itself into the cracks or cuts in your toe’s skin. Common signs that you may have a fungal infection include thicker than normal toenails, oddly shaped toenails, discoloration, a yellowish hue to the nail, and separation of the nail from the nail bed.

Fungal infections can affect anyone but are most common among men, those with diabetes or athlete’s foot, and smokers. The risk of having toenail fungus also increases as you age, if another family member has it, and if you have a weakened immune system.

To avoid getting a fungal infection, it’s important to wash your feet daily with soap and water making sure to get in between all your toes and dry the feet well. When cutting your toenails, make sure your clippers are clean and that you trim your nails straight across. It’s also important to wear shoes when you’re in areas where fungus thrives, such as wet public places like locker rooms or swimming pools.

If you or someone you know has fungal toenails, we can help.

A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet and nails to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.

Fungal Toenails (FAQs)

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus? 
Fungal toenail infections can often be seen with the naked eye because they change the appearance of the toenail. If you have toenail fungus, the affected toenails may change in texture, becoming thickened, brittle, or crumbly. They can also become discolored, usually turning yellow, white, or brown. In more severe cases, the nail can become deformed, separate from the nail bed, and even emit a foul odor. In addition to being unsightly, toenail fungus can also cause pain, especially if infected nails rub against your shoes and socks. 
Is toenail fungus contagious?
Toenail fungus is highly contagious. It can spread from one nail to the next, especially if left untreated. It can spread from an infected surface, like the floor of a public pool, to the nails. It can also spread from person to person through direct contact or sharing personal items like shoes, socks, or pedicure tools. 
What are the treatments for toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus can be treated with topical or oral antifungal medications. Topical medications are applied directly to the nail. They usually come in the form of a cream or nail polish. Oral antifungal medications are taken by mouth. Laser treatments for fungal nail infections are becoming an increasingly common treatment option. Laser treatments use a concentrated beam of light to kill the fungus beneath the nail. Your podiatrist may recommend doing multiple forms of treatment simultaneously to get better or faster results. 
How long does it take for toenail fungus to go away? 
Unfortunately, curing toenail fungus is a lengthy process. Not only will you have to wait for the treatment to kill the fungal infection - you will also have to wait for new, healthy toenails to grow out. This can take several months. 

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