At Texas Foot Specialists, fungal toenails are a condition we treat frequently. Below are some do’s and don’ts for treating and preventing this unsightly condition.
Do: know the symptoms of fungal toenails: discoloration (usually turning a yellowish color), thickening of the nail and crumbling or peeling at the edges.
Don’t: delay seeking treatment for nail conditions. In its early stages, a fungal nail may not be painful, but it is a progressive condition. For that reason, you should make an appointment at our Pasadena (281) 991-0600, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office for an examination if you notice any of these changes. Our podiatrists Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller will examine your nails and rule out other causes for your symptoms. Fungal nails can be treated with topical or oral anti-fungal medications, or through laser therapy. Laser therapy focuses an intense beam of laser light through the toenail to eradicate the fungal infection below the nail. It is painless and can be done right in our office. The foot doctor will be able to advise you on the best treatment.
Don’t: attempt to cut out or get rid of fungal nails on your own. This is dangerous and could lead to injury and infection.
Do: wear shower shoes or flip-flops in public places. Fungal infections thrive in warm, moist environments and are spread by direct contact.
Don’t: share towels, soap, shoes, socks or any other items that come in contact with other people’s feet.
Do: check that your nail salon is certified by your state health or cosmetology board. This will ensure that they follow safe sanitizing practices for pedicure tools and foot baths.
Stop being embarrassed by unsightly fungal toenails. Contact us today for an appointment and arrange for treatment.