Day: July 7, 2018

A Podiatrist’s Treatment Plan For Toenail Fungus

There are several remedies that can be done to treat toenail fungus. Some would rather have the easy way and take some ingredients from the kitchen. Others prefer a quicker but a not-so-sure way of treating the symptoms. They accept over-the-counter medication to be more convenient and also an effective solution for the condition. And there are those who would go a step further and consult a specialist for the most appropriate medication for their fungal infection. Here is how podiatrists normally manage and treat such a nail fungus.

Toenail Fungus

Best Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is also known as onychomycosis. This nail condition is caused by fungi such as dermatophytes (tinea unguium), yeasts, as well as nondermatophyte molds. At the onset, the condition is asymptomatic, meaning it can be present without being detected as insignificant. Anyone who has it will feel nothing but will just see either a whitish or yellowish tinge on the tips of the nails.

However, as the condition progresses, it can make exercising, walking, even standing difficult. Once the condition gets worse, the affected nail thickens, becomes brittle, breaks, and even falls off. A foul odor also comes out from the affected nails.

The Podiatry Network indicates that  public places where the nails are usually exposed and get in contact with contaminated floors, lockers, tools, and equipment as these fungi thrive in warm and wet environments. They are also highly contagious. Thus, a person who gets to touch another person with the infection or gets to use equipment or towels that the person with the infection used will most likely be infected as well. People with other health conditions like diabetes, heart problems, as well as those weak immune systems are also susceptible to catching the fungus.

It is very challenging to treat such condition as the fungus multiply quite rapidly. Even if a treatment is able to eliminate the fungi in an affected area, it may still be infected again as soon as the nails or the skin gets into contact with something or someone with the fungi.

Podiatrists deal with the fungal infection in this manner:

1. A full medical history of the patient is first considered. A podiatrist first determines the underlying issues that may affect the treatment method intended for the existing condition. He needs to take note of any medication that the patient may be taking as well as any health history that may affect his choice of treatment for the fungal infection. Read More…