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What is Onychomycosis?

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athletes foot7Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus is a common fungal infection that affects the nails, starting from the cuticles. As the condition progresses, the nails can yellow or thicken and lead to a bad odor. Inflammation and swelling can also result. Toenail fungus is typically caused by bacterial growth, which can occur as a result of bad foot hygiene. Wearing sweaty socks and exposing your feet to moisture are both factors.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Greene Podiatry Associates, Inc. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle concerns.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Waynesburg and Fredericktown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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