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What Causes Nail Fungus?

When left untreated, onychomycosis, or better known as toenail fungus, can be extremely unpleasant. Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry in Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, FL, encourages you to learn more about the causes of toenail fungus and to consider taking the next step in treating the fungus.

Why Nail Fungus Occurs

The fungus of the toenail, fingernail, or even the skin under the nail, is a sign of an infection. The fungal infection is typically the result of yeasts, fungi, or molds that directly contacted the nail by means of a nail injury, nail clippers, or public spaces (e.g., public pools or showers).

This fungi finds a most comfortable home in warm and moist environments, allowing ample growth beneath the nails surface.

Signs of Toenail Fungus

The most common sign of toenail fungus lies in the appearance–often a deep yellow or completely white toenail, with a more brittle or thicker nail. Although in rare or severe cases, the toenail may even split from the nail bed.

Another sign can also be the rather foul scent, or if the change of appearance spreads to more than one nail.

Treating Nail Fungus

It's important to know that you should visit Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel at Emerald Coast Podiatry in Fort Walton Beach or Crestview, FL, if you notice any signs of toenail fungus listed above. Seeking treatment as soon as possible means having a better probability successfully treating the infection.

The process of treatment depends on the type and severity of the infection, but by performing a proper examination, our podiatrists will be able to determine the best treatment plan for your toenail fungus.

Through a variety of treatment options, the infection may be completely healed in just three months, but can take longer depending on its severity.

Preventing Toenail Fungus

Maintaining proper foot hygiene and health is achievable by doing the following:

  • frequently checking your nails for any signs
  • washing your feet thoroughly with soap and water, followed by drying your feet completely
  • keeping footwear on when in public spaces
  • wearing footwear that is breathable
  • disinfecting any at-home manicure/pedicure tools

Visit Your Podiatrist

For any questions or concerns related to toenail fungus in Fort Walton Beach or Crestview, FL, Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry urges you to call one of our convenient locations to schedule a visit with him today.

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