If you’re dealing with toenail fungus, you might feel embarrassed wearing sandals or taking your shoes off at other people’s homes. Instead of just dealing with yellow, crumbly nails, it’s important that you talk to your podiatrist about treating your toenail fungus and giving yourself the healthy toenails that you deserve! Start feeling comfortable without having to feel the need to cover your feet for fear of judgment.
Signs and Causes of Toenail Fungus
If you’re dealing with toenail fungus, your toenails may have a yellow or brown discoloration to them and can be brittle and crumble. The toenail itself may also be thicker than normal and might be a distorted shape. You may also notice a slightly foul smell when you take off your shoes.
Toenail fungus can be caused by different types of fungus but can often start because of athlete’s foot. Your athlete’s foot can start spreading to your toenails and then spread from one nail to the next, infecting your entire foot eventually. It’s fairly uncommon for fungus to spread from person to person, so you won’t have to worry about being contagious.
Treating Toenail Fungus
Your doctor may prescribe various treatments to help you get the best results and get rid of your toenail fungus as fast as possible. The first choice of treatment is usually oral antifungal drugs that can help clear up the infection. Your podiatrist may also recommend medicated nail polish that you’ll apply once a day for seven days before cleaning and reapplying. They may also suggest a medicated nail cream that you will rub into the infected nails.
In more severe cases, your doctor might suggest surgery so that they can treat the infection directly.