Toenail fungus is an embarrassing problem that can cause foot pain and lead to the loss of a nail over time if it’s not properly treated. Learn more about this foot issue and how you can get the most technologically advanced help available from the Reston laser toenail fungus treatment office of Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
What Is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is a growth that begins beneath the tip of your nail. Its official name is “onychomycosis” or “tinea unguium.” The fungus, if not eliminated before it has a chance to get stronger, will eventually find its way deeper and deeper into the nail bed until it has completely taken over. In a worst case scenario, the nail gets thick, dark or yellow and becomes painful when you wear closed-toed shoes. Sometimes the fungus will begin to spread to all of the toes and Reston laser toenail fungus treatment is the best way to stop it in its tracks.
How Can Fungus on the Toes Be Prevented?
Nail fungus thrives in warm, wet environments like public swimming pools in the summertime and hot tubs. To prevent the growth of fungus on your toenails, follow these simple tips:
- avoid keeping your feet in moisture for long periods of time, such as a wet pair of socks
- wash your feet thoroughly with clean water after leaving a pool or beach
- avoid walking outside barefoot (especially when there’s moisture on the ground)
- wear flip flops when you shower in a public gym or dorm bathroom
- inspect your toenails carefully for cuts, separations and hangnails where fungus can easily find a way into the nail bed (this needs to be thoroughly cleaned and treated)
If you already have symptoms of a toenail fungus, you can take steps to reverse it by applying an anti-fungal product, but in severe cases you need professional help from a podiatrist.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
If your toenail fungus problem has gone beyond prevention steps, schedule an appointment with Reston laser toenail fungus treatment Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn today. He will evaluate your problem and consult you about the latest and most effective treatment for this common problem. His office can be reached at (703) 273-9818 or by visiting http://www.familyfootandankle.com to make an appointment request online.