Toenail fungus, known as onychomycosis, affects about half of Americans by age 70. It’s relatively rare in children, but the occurrence increases dramatically with age. These infections can cause both aesthetic damage to the nail, as well as longterm pain and even total loss of the nail. The Superior Foot and Ankle Center has spent years dealing with the damage and discomfort of these infections, and we have become the go-to source of relief for those dealing with these types of infections in the Long Beach area.
How Does Fungus Infections Happen?
Fungus infections occur when microscopic fungi gain entry through a small trauma in the nail and then grow/spread in the warm, moist environment inside a person’s socks and shoes. Symptoms of toenail fungus include: swelling, yellowing, thickening or crumbling of the nail, streaks or spots on the nail and even complete loss of the nail. Fungus infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails. It occurs most often on the big or small toe, but may occur on any toe. Our highly trained staff has experience in all aspects of foot care and maintenance, and we see fungal infections frequently. We can help treat your current infections, as well as work to prevent the things that cause them.
Nail Fungus Examples
What are the Cause of Nail Fungus
Toenail Fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools and can be passed on among family members. Athletes and people who wear tight fitting shoes or tight hosiery that cause trauma to the toes or keep the feet from drying out are at higher risk. Diabetics and those with HIV are at a higher risk of contacting a toenail fungus because their immune systems are compromised. Any person worried about the health of their nails and toes can have their nails cut and debrided at our experienced podiatrists in Long Beach, a process which removes hard-to-reach debris and bacteria and can do wonders with the prevention of future outbreaks of fungus.
Treatment & Prevention of Nail Fungus
It’s difficult to treat or eradicate toenail fungus once it’s set in, so it’s a good idea to try to prevent it. It helps to wear protective shoes or sandals in public showers, pool areas and gyms. Borrowing someone else’s shoes or sharing socks or towels with someone who has toenail fungus should be avoided at all costs. Wash and dry your feet thoroughly on a regular basis, and use products that are recommended for foot fungus elimination if you have been in a questionable environment, or think you may have been exposed to fungus. Clean sandals with Lysol or another disinfectant, bleach white socks and put powder in shoes. Keep toenails trimmed and be sure to disinfect any pedicure tools with alcohol before using them. Many of our patients bring their OWN pedicure instruments to the salon to be certain they are fully sterilized. Serious infections will be treated with a prescription oral anti-fungal medication.
We encourage everyone to contact the Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center at the first sign of this problem. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to a quick and full recovery. The Long Beach area is full of people who spend good amounts of time barefoot near the Ocean, and this can be a surefire way to get a fungal infection, especially if your immune system is already compromised in some way. It’s better in the long run to make sure you have safely cleaned and debrided your nails by having a professional handle it if you think you may have a fungal infection, or been exposed to the conditions that make them common.
Contact Us For Treatment Options
The Superior Foot and Ankle Care Center has built a stellar reputation around helping those in the Long Beach area take care of their feet. We want to add you to our family of satisfied customers, and help treat or prevent any foot-related issues you may have. We have experience with everything from the nail fungus we’ve discussed here, to foot and ankle sprains. Whatever issues you have with your feet, or if you’d just like to see what you could be doing better, give us a call at562-420-9800. Come in and see why people call us “The Best Foot Doctors in Long Beach”, and let us take care of your foot troubles today!