Thick, discolored, unsightly toenails are a common occurence. Especially in Houston, TX, where the weather is hot and humid, fungus infections in the toenails are common. They may stop you from wearing sandals, because you think your toenails are ugly. You also are concerned that the infection can spread. Not to worry, there is successful treatment for toenail fungus.
Fungal toenails, or onychomycosis, are one of the most common conditions a Houston podiatrist sees. 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 with trauma to the toenail.
A toenail infected with fungus appears thickened, yellowish, and is often crumble. An odor may also be present. 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.
Whether it be a prescription topical medication, an oral medication, or a new laser solution, a cure is possible. No matter which therapy is used, however, the nail is slow to clear so your best option is to get it checked and start today. Contact our office our Houston foot and ankle specialists to consult with you to decide which treatment is best for you.
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