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The Effects Of Untreated Toenail Fungus

How your podiatrist in Fenton, MO, can help you get rid of toenail fungus

Are your toenails thick and yellow? If so, you could have toenail fungus, a very common condition, which you shouldn’t ignore. Untreated toenail fungus can damage your toenails, and it can also spread to other areas. Fortunately, your podiatrist can get rid of toenail fungus.

Dr. Richard Wittock at Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO, offers a wide variety of foot and ankle care services, including treatment of toenail fungus. He proudly serves residents of Fenton, and St. Louis, MO, and he can help you too.

Toenail fungus can be caused by walking around barefoot in warm, moist areas like public pools, showers, locker rooms, and gyms. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent toenail fungus. Remember to:

  • Always wear shoes when walking around in public areas
  • Wear flip-flops when you use public showers
  • Don’t share towels, socks, or linens with anyone else

Toenail fungus starts out as a small yellow or white spot under your toenail. The spot becomes bigger as it burrows further underneath your toenail. Eventually, your entire toenail will appear:

  • Thick and brittle
  • Darkened and yellowed
  • Distorted and oddly shaped

Fungal toenails can also be painful and can separate from the nail bed. You may also notice a foul odor coming from your infected toenail.

For a mild case of the fungal toenail, you can try easy remedies like these:

  • Using over-the-counter antifungal creams or lotions
  • Placing Vicks VapoRub on your toe and underneath the nail
  • Trimming and thinning your toenails to relieve toenail pressure

For moderate to severe toenail fungus, it’s best to visit your podiatrist, who may recommend:

  • Prescription medicated nail cream to kill the fungus
  • Prescription oral antifungal medication to prevent fungus from growing
  • Surgically removing part or all of the infected nail
  • Laser therapy to kill the fungus so a healthy nail can grow

You don’t have to put up with unsightly, uncomfortable toenail fungus. Your podiatrist can help! To learn more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of toenail fungus, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Richard Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO, at (636) 717-1100. He serves residents of Fenton, and St. Louis, MO, so call today!