Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

Tips to avoid Toenail Fungus

toenailfungasU.S. News and World Report have come up with a few health tips in avoiding toenail fungus. Make sure feet are treated regularly, carefully wash them with soap and water daily and dry them fully. In college bathrooms or gym showers, wear flip-flops or shower shoes and change socks every day. It is also a good idea to avoid socks made out of synthetic material, socks or hosiery made out of cotton allows the foot to breath, keeping moisture away from the foot and toenails.

When grooming the nails, keep the toenails trimmed and in a straight line, disinfect the clippers and other tools, and avoid trying to cover any existing fungus with nail polish.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with Dr. Moshe Hillel of Advanced Foot Care NY. Our doctor will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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