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Now that summer is around the corner, your toes will soon come out of their hibernation and get ready for warmer weather and the footwear that goes with it. However, you may notice symptoms of a condition you didn’t even know you had. Toenail fungus grows slowly, often over months or years. However, your doctor can provide the best treatment possible for this often stubborn condition. Find out more about toenail fungus and what to do when you think you have it with Dr. Daniel Roche at Roche Podiatry Group with locations in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ.
Where does toenail fungus come from?
Toenail fungus usually enters the toenail via tiny cuts or scrapes. Your toes’ dark, damp environment make them the perfect breeding ground for fungus to multiply and grow. The fungus itself grows in damp areas and is often picked up in places like public pools, locker rooms, or public showers. Toenail fungus often begins as a white dot on the surface of the nail which grows and causes other symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- yellowed nails
- thickened nails
- brittle nails
- hardened nails
- yellow streaks
- nails which separate from the nailed
- powdery appearance of the nail
How can I prevent toenail fungus?
Preventing toenail fungus is as easy as avoiding the areas where fungus thrives. Always wear shower shoes when walking through public locker rooms, public pools, or using public showers. Try to keep your feet dry and clean, changing your socks at least once a day and after any vigorous activity which causes perspiration. Over-the-counter medicated powders can also work toward keeping your feet dry and fight off fungus.
Toenail Fungus Treatments in Edison and Woodbridge
For more information on toenail fungus or its treatments, please contact Dr. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group. Call (908) 753-0500 to schedule your appointment at the Edison location and (732) 636-8500 to schedule your appointment at the Woodbridge location today!
Toenail fungus is an infection of the toenails and affects about half of Americans by the time they turn 70. With the help of Dr. Daniel Roche from Roche Podiatry Group in Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, your toenail fungus can be successfully treated.
Treating Toenail Fungus
Some of the most common symptoms of toenail fungus include yellowing, thickening or weakening of the nail, swelling, streaks down the side of the nail or complete loss of the nail itself. The cause of your toenail fungus will vary. Whether passed along from someone you know, from damp areas such as pools or public gyms or simply from ill-fitting shoes, treating your toenail fungus is important.
Prevention is important when it comes to toenail fungus. Taking care of your feet after treatment is especially imperative too. You should always wear protective shoes or sandals in public showers to block fungus from the feet. Avoid sharing socks, towels or shoes with someone. Wash your feet regularly too and dry them thoroughly as fungus loves moist areas. Keep the nails trimmed regularly too. Diabetic patients should also be especially careful in these situations. If they suspect they were exposed to fungus, they must schedule an appointment immediately with a podiatrist.
Unfortunately, sometimes we can’t always catch toenail fungus before it develops. This makes finding a professional such as Dr. Roche important. If you suspect that you have toenail fungus, call Roche Podiatry Group with locations in Edison, NJ and Woodbridge, NJ to schedule an appointment. Dr. Roche can properly diagnose and treat your toenail issue and offer you helpful tips to prevent it from occurring again.