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Find out when it’s time to turn to a podiatrist to treat your toenail fungus.
Are you dealing with a toenail that is yellow, brittle, or looks thicker than the rest of your toenails? If so, you may be dealing with a toenail fungus. While a toenail fungus may not seem serious, it’s still important to treat the problem so that it doesn’t continue to spread or cause permanent damage to the toenail. From the office of our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas, find out how to treat a toenail fungal infection.
Treating a Toenail Fungus
Most of the time, someone with a fungal infection will try to treat the problem on their own. This often means heading to the local drugstore to pick up a topical anti-fungal treatment, which is applied to the nail. Of course, it’s important to understand that this can take a rather long time to work.
Topical treatments also cannot penetrate through the nail, which means that it may not be able to fully target and eliminate the infection lying underneath. Furthermore, it can take up to one year for the nail to grow out clear again, so patience is key when it comes to this treatment option.
Turning to a Podiatrist
If you want to tackle this issue right away, it might be time to turn to our Wesley Chapel foot doctor. Those with diabetes should always seek treatment right away if they suspect that they are dealing with a fungal infection or are experiencing any changes in their feet.
The first line of defense is usually an oral treatment that can work throughout the body to eliminate the infection. It can take up to three months for the medication to work and, as with any medication, it can cause side effects. Not everyone is right for oral anti-fungal treatment so it’s important to be upfront about your medical history so we can make sure this is the safest option for you.
Another method we use to effectively eliminate recurring, persistent, or severe fungal nail infections is laser therapy. A PinPointe™ FootLaser™ is directed over the infected nail to safely penetrate through the fungus to heat up and destroy the infection.
This laser treatment is non-invasive, painless, and usually takes no longer than 30 minutes. One session is often all that’s needed, and it can be a great alternative for patients who cannot or do not want to turn to oral medication to treat their fungal infection.
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If you are dealing with a persistent or recurring toenail fungal infection that you can’t seem to treat on your own, then it’s time to turn to our foot specialists at Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Wesley Chapel, FL. Call (813) 909-0865 today!
Do you keep your feet hidden from view because you feel embarrassed by your yellow toenails? Treating toenail fungus can be challenging. Even if you faithfully apply over-the-counter products, you may see no change in your nails despite months of treatment. Our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists, Dr. George Tjamaloukas and Dr. Kathy Tjamaloukas, discuss toenail fungus and explain what can be done to treat it.
What caused my toenails to turn yellow?
Your toenail turns an unsightly shade of yellow when it's infected by dermatophytes, fungi that consume keratin, a protein found in nails. It's very easy to catch the fungus. In fact, you can pick it up if you walk barefoot in public locker rooms or pool areas or share socks, shoes, towels or sheets with someone has toenail fungus.
Several factors may increase your risk of developing an infection, including:
- Your Age: As you grow older, it's not unusual for small cracks to form in your nails. Even the smallest crack or break in your nail can provide the perfect opportunity for fungi to enter your nail.
- Sweaty Feet: Fungi thrive in the moist, dark environments. If your feet perspire heavily when you wear socks or shoes, your risk of toenail fungus may rise.
- A Nail Injury: Did your fungal infection develop after you dropped something on your foot? Injuries to your nails also raise your risk.
- Diseases and Conditions: Toenail fungus is more common in people who have immune system disorders, diabetes and circulation problems.
How can my foot doctor help?
Podiatrists offer effective treatments that can finally clear your nails. When you visit our Wesley Chapel office, we may recommend one or more of these options:
- Medicated Creams and Polishes: These topical medications are stronger than drugstore products and penetrate the deeper layers of your nail to kill fungus.
- Oral Anti-Fungal Medications: Oral medications usually resolve fungal infections in six to 12 weeks. Although the medication is very effective, it's not recommended if you have congestive heart failure or liver disease.
- Nail Removal: If the fungus doesn't respond to treatment, we may suggest removing your nail. Nail removal allows easy treatment of the fungi on your nail bed.
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatment, the newest toenail fungus treatment method, destroys fungus by heating the yellow pigment with short laser bursts.
Improve the condition of your nails with toenail fungus treatment. Call our Wesley Chapel, FL, podiatrists, Drs. George and Kathy Tjamaloukas, at (813) 909-0865 to schedule your appointment.