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The Best Ways to Avoid Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:00

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects approximately 14% of the population. Fungi can be found almost anywhere in our environment, and it is important that you are aware of the different ways you can avoid them. One of the best ways you can prevent toenail fungus is by wearing socks. Some of the best sock fabrics in terms of protecting your feet are nylon, wool, and polypropylene. Another tip is to avoid walking around in wet areas as much as possible, since fungi tend to thrive in moist environments. Anti-fungal powder has also been proven to be beneficial in fighting fungus. The powder works by weakening the cell membrane of the fungus and preventing it from producing ergosterol, an essential part of its structure.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals &  Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

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

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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