Toenail fungus is usually described as more of a nuisance than an actual health threat. However, it is possible that toenail fungus can get bad enough to the point where an entire toenail needs to be removed. It is more common for adults to have toenail fungus compared to children, and around 13% of North Americans deal with the fungus per year. Most toenail fungus is caused by organisms called dermatophytes which feed on hair, skin, and nails. However, it is difficult to tell what type of fungus an individual has without doing a culture in the lab.
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.
Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.
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
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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in West Orange, Toms River, Guttenberg, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.