Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health found approximately 50 types of fungi could live on the feet. The study, which was printed in a May issue of Nature, had scientists taking sections from other body parts of contributors such as the ear, back, and scalp. The finding was that fungal communities were more diverse in the foot as opposed to other body parts.
While there may be steps to avoid getting fungal toenails, 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. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen 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
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 feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in Southfield, MI, Livonia, MI, and Novi, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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