Our toenails are usually quite strong and have a tough, thick surface, but it is common for them to become infected by certain types of fungi that can discolor or destroy them. These fungi, collectively called dermatophytes, feed on the keratin that makes up the nail's surface, and toenail fungus on at least one nail affects nearly half the population by age seventy.
||How is toenail fungus caused?
The fungi grow in warm, moist places, including public showers, spas, swimming pools, and locker rooms. Once picked up by bare feet, the fungus attacks the nail and can sometimes cause the nail to become yellowish or black. It can also result from trauma to the nail and is more prevalent among those with an impaired immune system.
How Can I Prevent Getting Toenail Fungus?
It is always best to wear sandals when walking around places where a toenail fungus is likely to thrive. Socks made from synthetic materials such as nylon don't work as well at whisking moisture away from the feet, so 100% cotton, wool, or silk socks are better choices. It's also helpful to keep your feet clean, dry, your toenails trimmed, and avoid applying layers of polish.
How is Toenail Fungus Treated at Manhattan Center for Dermatology?
After examining and diagnosing your toenail, the doctors at Manhattan Center for Dermatology will often recommend the use of a prescription cream specifically designed to eliminate the toenail fungus. This prescription cream can be used up to a full year, but if the infection is stubborn, other medication in the form of pills may be prescribed.
Like any infection, it is important to treat the condition daily until it is eliminated and new, healthy cells are formed. Even when the fungus is no longer visible, treatment must be continued until all traces of it are removed.
Should I Choose Manhattan Center for Dermatology for Treatment?
The doctors at Manhattan Center for Dermatology are all board certified dermatologists in NYC who spend some of their training studying fungus and how it relates to the skin and nails. The treatment protocols are state of the art and current.
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