Posts for: July, 2017
In many instances, people don’t even realize that they have a fungal nail problem or infection. This is because symptoms can persist for years without pain. For many people, they think that the change in their toenail color is simply a blemish and not a sign for something more serious. A podiatrist in Wesley Chapel, FL such as Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas can evaluate each patient and determine the right course of treatment for their infection.
Foot Fungus Tips
Fungal nails refer to any fungal nail infections occurring on the foot. Since they are resistant and difficult to treat, sometimes multiple treatment options are used before the infection begins to improve. In the worst cases, permanent nail removal may occur. These nail infections also may be accompanied by a yeast or bacterial infection, which can lead to difficulty and/or pain while running or walking.
Perhaps the most important thing regarding fungal infections is preventing them from spreading to the ones we love. After an infection, always wash and dry the feet and apply a nonprescription antifungal cream from your podiatrist in Wesley Chapel to the entire foot before bed. Keep the feet dry at all times and wear dry cotton socks throughout the day. Apply powder to the feet after bathing.
Never share nail files, nail clippers, shoes or socks with other people. Also, try not to injure your nail or cut them too short making them more susceptible to infection. Always wear dry cotton socks and dry shoes that allow air to circulate around the feet. Avoid wearing tight hosiery as it promotes moisture. Always disinfect all home pedicure tools and don’t apply polish to any nails that infection is suspected as the nail bed needs to breathe in order to heal.
Our podiatrists at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Land O’ Lakes, FL and serving Wesley Chapel, FL, can offer treatment options for your particular situation. To schedule an appointment, call 813-909-0865.