Onychomycosis – also known as toenail fungus, is a is an infection that occurs when there is an opening within or under the nail plate allowing fungus to enter into the body. It is a very common problem and one we treat successfully all the time! Fungus lives everywhere and especially loves dark, warm, wet environments (especially our shoes and socks!)
Fungal toenails are more difficult to treat than Athlete’s Foot simply because the nail plate is protecting the fungus that grows underneath it.
Diagnosis is made through a clinical examination or with a nail biopsy – a painless procedure where Dr. Tomsho will trim the toenail and nail unit and send it to the lab to confirm fungal infection.
Why do we do a biopsy? Yeast, bacteria and trauma all look and act like fungus – this procedure insures proper diagnosis.
Take steps to prevent a fungal nail infection! Keeping fungi at bay will help prevent a fungal infections of the skin from reinfecting the nail.
Tips to keep you feet free of Fungus!
1) A Polish to Fight Nail Fungus! Stay in-style with the season’s hottest nail polish colors using daniPro Anti-fungal nail polish! Formula 3 is also available in our office to help combat onychomycosis.
2) Use antifungal spray in your shoes, like Clean Sweep ~Eliminates 99.9% of Odor-Causing Bacteria and Fungus On Contact~Use Clean Sweep daily for a safe, all natural, way to kill bacteria and neutralize causes of shoe odor.~Clean Sweep™ is a clear, flexible antimicrobial micro-coating that works inside the shoe.
* Both products and others are available without a prescription in our office