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Pooler, GA   31322

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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
April 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

The most common symptom of a fungal toenail infection is a discoloration of the toenail. The nail may get darker, turn a yellowish-brown color and white spots may appear on the nail plate. As the infection advances (which can take quite a long time) the nail may become thick, brittle and crumbly. Sometimes a secondary bacterial infection occurs which can cause pain and a bad odor. Unfortunately, at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, this is when patients usually come to us for treatment.

Although fungal infections are fairly easy to treat, most people see them as just a problem in the appearance of the nail. These infections, however, can spread to other nails and the skin of the foot or even other parts of your body. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will examine your toenail and check to see if the infection has spread. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the foot doctor may debride the nail, which means clean out the debris left behind from the fungal infection. Treatment may be a topical or oral anti-fungal medication. In severe cases, part of the nail may be removed surgically to prevent the infection from recurring.

The fungi that cause a nail infection are spread by direct contact. You can avoid a fungal toenail infection by taking some simple precautions:

  1. Always wear flip flops or shower shoes in public places like the gym, locker room showers, community pool and nail salon. The goal is to avoid direct contact with any surface that is touched by others feet.

  2. Don’t share socks, shoes, or towels.

  3. Wash feet daily with soap and water and inspect nails and skin for discoloration or other signs of infection (skin infections can also spread to toenails). Dry feet completely before putting on socks.

  4. Don’t allow feet to stay in damp socks. If you perspire heavily change your socks more than once a day. Use a foot powder to help keep feet dry.

  5. Disinfect home pedicure tools and either bring your own tools to the salon or check to be sure safe sanitizing procedures are being followed where you go.

  6. Keep nails trimmed straight across with no rough edges that can catch and tear.

If you notice anything unusual about your toenails, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330–8885.

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