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An Overview of Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis is a common type of fungal infection that can affect the toenails. Infected toenails may become discolored, brittle, or thickened, and can crumble, crack, or separate from the skin over time. Toenail fungus is usually not painful, but can be uncomfortable and unsightly. It is also highly contagious and can spread from one nail to another and from person to person. There are several treatments available for onychomycosis. Over-the-counter and prescription topical treatments, such as medicated nail polishes and creams, are applied directly to the surface of infected nails. Oral antifungal medications are often prescribed for more severe infections, but may cause side effects that require close monitoring. In some cases, removing the infected nail may be suggested. For more information about toenail fungus, please consult with a podiatrist. 

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Biebel & DeCotiis Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Holmdel and Middletown, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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