Has the cooler weather left you cheering because you can finally hide your toenail fungus inside close-toed shoes? Don’t celebrate just yet—you know that, in Houston at least, warm weather is just around the corner, meaning you’ll have to put the flip flops and sandals on again soon.
What Are Fungal Toenails?
Thick, discolored, unsightly toenails are a common occurence. Especially in Houston, where the weather is often hot and humid, fungus infections in the toenails are common.
Fungal toenails, or onychomycosis, are one of the most common conditions I see in my office. Fungus is a naturally occurring component on the skin and nails, especially in the foot. It is, however, an opportunist that will cause an infection if allowed to. This is particularly true when you experience trauma to the toenail.
A toenail infected with fungus appears thickened and yellow; it is often crumbly. Heck, it may even start to smell bad--and that's a problem, no matter what time of year it is! People who have some immune compromise, such as diabetics, are more prone to fungal infections and are at risk for more severe infections.
There are many over-the-counter medications and preparations available, as well as many popular home remedies, which provide no cure. Fortunately, there are medications that provide complete cures.
Why is it so Hard to Cure Fungal Toenails?
There are a few reasons why your fungal toenail may not be getting better. First off, as I mentioned, over the counter treatments don’t work well, because they stick to the surface of your nail. In order to resolve the infection, however, they’d have to penetrate beneath the nail, where the problems truly begin.
Then, there’s the fact that you may not even have a fungus. Some types of nail damage—not to mention certain forms of eczema, look just like nail fungus. The best way to know what you’re dealing with is to come into the podiatrist’s office. If you’ve been treating fungus for a while, but the problem isn’t improving, we can even do a quick pathological test to confirm what kind of fungus you’re dealing with.
Finally, a podiatrist like myself can write you a script for an oral medication. This will help clear up your infection once and for all. But if you’re still concerned about your nail appearance as it heals, never fear: we’ve got a way to help you there, as well!
Year Round Fungal Toenail Treatments: They're a Must!
As a podiatrist in Houston, I know that people in this city have to leave their toenails on display a lot more than if we lived in a colder climate. Since that’s the case, I offer a variety of treatment options so that yellow, thick crumbly fungal nails won’t force you to hide in boots while the rest of the city is enjoying open-toed shoes.
In my Tanglewood Foot Specialists office, I frequently treat toenail fungus with topical and/or oral medication. I also offer laser treatments that may more effectively target certain types of fungus. In addition to all these options, I offer something very special that will be sure to bring a smile to your face, even when you’re in sandals—the KeryFlex toenail restoration system.
With KeryFlex, I can make your nail look healthy again even before the treatment process is complete. My patients really love it because it looks and feels exactly like their real nail—you can even put nail polish on without affecting the treatment.
If you have an embarrassing fungal toenail, you don’t have to hope for cold weather anymore. Just schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today so that you can feel comfortable wearing any shoes you want.