If you’re afraid to pull out your flip-flops this summer because toenail fungus has made your nails yellow and brittle, we have got you covered.
At California Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Sahand Golshan offers comprehensive treatments for patients in Riverside, California to eliminate toenail fungus and restore the health of your nails. Getting started now ensures your toenails are ready in time for this summer’s sandal season.
Why toenail fungus develops
Toenail fungus starts when dermatophytes (a type of fungus) enter the bed of your toenails through small cracks, blisters, or scrapes. You can pick up this type of fungus if you go barefoot in warm and damp environments like public showers and pools.
Once inside your nails, the fungus grows and turns them yellow. This discoloration is typically the first sign of a fungal infection. If you don’t treat it right away, your nails may become brittle, and feel painful to the touch over time.
In the worst-case scenario, untreated toenail fungus can take root deep in the tissue layers of your nail and become much more difficult to eliminate.
Treatment options for toenail fungus
Your treatment plan for toenail fungus depends on its severity and your existing health. While there are over-the-counter products that claim to help, the only way to ensure you’ve cleared the infection is to meet with a podiatrist like Dr. Golshan.
Our team at California Foot and Ankle Clinic customizes a treatment plan for your condition using prescription-strength topical medications. You may also need oral medications to treat the infection from the inside.
If you have a deep infection, Dr. Golshan may need to remove part or all of your affected toenails. We do this in-office using a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. We also continue to monitor your nails as they grow back to ensure the fungal infection doesn’t return.
Tips for avoiding toenail fungus
While anyone can develop a toenail fungus infection, people with circulatory problems are at most risk for the condition. If you have diabetes or another condition that affects your blood circulation, you should take extra precautions to avoid contact with the fungus.
Other tips that can help reduce your risk of developing toenail fungus include:
Practice good foot hygiene
Make sure to change your socks daily or more often if they become damp or wet. Use a mild soap to clean your feet and in between each of your toes.
You should also make sure to clip your toenails straight across and file down any sharp edges to prevent ingrown toenails.
Be mindful of your footwear
It’s important to always wear shoes when in public spaces like showers, pools, or locker rooms.
At other times, choose footwear that allows air to circulate especially if you tend to sweat. Look for breathable materials in your shoes like canvas and leather.
Keep your shower and shoes clean
Be sure to regularly disinfect your bathtub or shower to prevent the growth of fungus. You can use a bleach-based solution or another disinfectant regularly on the shower floors and walls.
To keep fungus from growing in your shoes, sprinkle them with an antifungal powder or use a spray. Don’t wear any shoes that are damp or wet.
If you’re facing unsightly toenails, there’s time to clear them up before the summer. Schedule a toenail fungus evaluation by calling California Foot and Ankle Clinic today or booking an appointment online.