Toenail fungus is an unsightly annoyance that can happen to just about everyone. It doesn't go away on its own, and it's very difficult to treat by yourself. So to find out what you can do, get in contact with Dr. Jeffrey Belancio of South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ.
If you have blood circulation problems, diabetes, or a weakened immune system you more likely than most at developing a nail infection.
Those who have it usually also suffer from athlete's foot, a fungal infection but of the skin of the foot.
This fungus lives in warm moist areas and is introduced into your nail through small cracks either on the skin around or on the nail itself.
You'll know you have it if you notice your nail change in color or become noticeably thicker. The infection makes your nail more fragile, easier to crack. It's not often painful unless the infection is severe.
Treatment and Prevention
You can recognize some of the symptoms on your own, but your doctor can properly diagnose your nail for signs of infection.
Toenail fungus can generally not be treated without a prescription of antifungal medicine.
Depending on your individual case, your doctor may need to remove your toenail entirely.
To prevent the return of toenail fungus, because it usually resides in warm and wet spaces, you'll want to avoid walking barefoot in public showers and locker rooms.
Keep your nails short and try to keep your hands and feet dry and clean. So don't confine your feet into footwear for extended periods of time. This is especially true if you've injured your nail.
Contact your doctor for help treating your athlete's foot.
Toenail Fungus Treatment in Vineland, NJ
Don't wait to be rid of your toenail fungus, make an appointment today with Dr. Belancio of South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ, by dialing (856) 839-0579.