Nail Fungus in Sandal Season

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
May 10, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Toenail Fungus   podiatrist  

Summer is approaching fast and that means you will be exposing your toes. The last thing you would want is to have an infected nail standing out like a sore thumb or should we say a sore toe?

Causes of nail fungus:

  • If your toes are warm and wet more times than they are cool, dry and breathing.
  • Mold or yeast can be a factor but not the most common.
  • Overgrowth of fungi in and under the nail.
  • Tools at the salon that are not sanitized properly.

Symptoms of nail fungus:

  • A distorted nail that looks like it may lift off the bed.
  • An odor coming from the infected nail.
  • A brittle or thick nail.
  • White or yellow streaks on the nail.
  • Flaking white areas on the nail’s surface.

Treating nail fungus:

  • Topical ointments are not always effective and can be costly but can work if monitored by your podiatrist.
  • Surgical treatment is the quickest approach and can have a more definite result.
  • Laser procedure is less invasive than surgery. The heat from the laser kills the bad fungi and could save the nail from getting worse.

Preventing nail fungus:

  • Don’t share nail clippers, files, shoes or socks. Even if you know the person you’re sharing them with.
  • Avoid injury to your nail like cuts, bruises and stubbing.
  • Use dry cotton socks and don’t let them sit wet for too long.
  • Wear hoes that allow air to circulate and keep feet dry.
  • Shower with flip flops in public facilities to avoid catching bacteria.

Interesting facts about nail fungus:

  • Most people with diabetes develop infections in their toe nails.
  • Spending time in areas that are wet, damp and moldy can increase the risk of developing fungi.
  • At least 50% of home remedies fail as a permanent solution.
  • 5% of people develop nail fungal infections and 20% are over the age of 60 while 50% are over the age of 70.

Some risk factors include poor circulation, diabetes, age, psoriasis, immune disorders and over perspiration. If you find that you suffer from one of these conditions then you are at a higher risk for contracting nail fungus. Call Mid – Michigan Foot and Ankle Center at 989-790-8009 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen today. The quicker you treat your nail problems, the more likely your nail will heal.