Fungal nail infections are a pretty common type of nail disease.  It is a condition that can damage the nail and cause embarrassment and pain for those afflicted.  Onychomycosis (fungal infection of the nail) is what results when a fungus gets into the keratin that makes up the nail.  A big issue with a fungal nail infection is that it is easily spread.  Fungal nail infections are more common in adults and can be spread from one person to another either directly or indirectly.  These infections can also be spread to and from ringworm infections on other places of the body.  There are also other conditions which appear to be similar to fungal nail infections, but are actually different.
 
Some of the telltale signs of a fungal nail infection include discoloration, lifting at the edge of the nail, nail thickening or nail crumbling.  If you suspect that that you have a fungal nail infection you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey.  Dr. Ricketti can diagnose the condition and 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. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry.


Alternative Treatments

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.

Soaking your feet into a gentle bleach solution could help as well. Podiatrists usually suggest vinegar and Listerine as a soaking solution.

There are also topical products available at the pharmacy which contain ingredients such as terbinafine and other natural products.

If you have any questions, please contact our office, which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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