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How Is Toenail Fungus Treated?

fungal nailA fungal infection of the toenails is also known as onychomycosis. This condition causes the nails to become distorted, thickened, brittle, or crumbly, and discolored. The nail may lift from the nail bed and it can emit an odor. Fungal infections typically affect toenails more than fingernails due to the toes being confined to shoes, where they’re in a warm, moist environment where fungi thrive. The fungal infection can affect part of the nail, the entire nail, or several nails. Toenail fungus is often treated through oral antifungal medications. You may also be prescribed topical medications, such as antifungal nail polishes, which are brushed directly onto the affected nails. If you have developed a toenail fungus, it is recommended that you see a chiropodist for proper treatment. 

Toenail fungus can be uncomfortable and unsightly. If you have diabetes or a compromised immune system, it may also be dangerous. To learn more about treatment options, please consult with our physicians from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Does Toenail Fungus Look Like? 

A fungal infection of the toenail may cause the affected nail to become thickened, brittle, crumbly, and yellowish or brown in color. Sometimes the toenail may separate from the nail bed, become deformed, emit a foul odor, or cause pain or discomfort. 

What Causes Toenail Fungus? 

Toenail fungus is caused by a fungus that infects the nail bed. The fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments and is also contagious. Athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection of the skin, may spread to the nails and cause toenail fungus. 

What Treatments Are Available? 

Potential treatments for toenail fungus may include oral antifungal medications, topical antifungal medications, such as medicated nail polishes that are applied directly to the affected nail, and laser therapy. Sometimes, a combination of treatments are prescribed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vaughan, ON. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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