Fungus Prefer Feet

Toenail FungusA study conducted by the National Institutes of Health showed that roughly 50 species of fungi could live on the feet, the findings printed in a May issue of Nature. Scientists took sections from other body parts of contributors such as the ear, back, and scalp but found fungal communities were more diverse in the foot than anywhere else.

There may be steps to avoid getting fungal toenails, but there is no guarantee that the condition will never be a problem.  If you are suffering from fungal toenails you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can diagnose your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.

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. 
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

Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:
Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.

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 contact one of our offices in Havertown, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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