My Toenail Fungus Is Embarrassing: Can You Help?

My Toenail Fungus Is Embarrassing: Can You Help?

If you’ve ever taken off your shoes at a pool, beach, or residence only to reveal yellow, distorted, or even odorous toenails from inside your sock or shoe, then you know that having toenail fungus can be a very embarrassing issue. 

Having toenail fungus might cause you to avoid taking off your shoes under any circumstances. Fortunately, with modern podiatric treatments, toenail fungus doesn’t have to hold you back from enjoying sand and water between your toes on an otherwise blissful beach day. 

As an experienced podiatrist and clinical instructor of podiatry, Dr. Michael Ruiz can often resolve a case of toenail fungus within a patient’s initial visit to Lake Erie Podiatry in Erie, Pennsylvania. If you’re embarrassed by a fungal infection on your toenails, here’s what our trusted podiatrist can do to help.

Antifungal medications rid your nails of the infection-causing fungi

Taking antifungal medications by mouth is often the primary and most effective way to rapidly clear a case of toenail fungus. While you can find over-the-counter products promising a quick remedy for a fungal infection, prescription medications are always stronger and will give you better results. 

You may need to take an antifungal medication for up to 12 weeks before you see a full clearance of the infection. Dr. Ruiz encourages you to complete the entire course of the prescription and follow his instructions for taking it closely. 

Milder infections might not need an oral solution. In addition to antifungal pills that can clear toenail fungus, there are multiple antifungal topical medications that can do the trick for milder cases of toenail fungus. 

Any antifungal product specializes in killing fungus, but they can also contribute to some relief for any discomfort you have from a fungal toenail. As they shrink the infection, they remove pressure from the nail bed that might cause pain when you stand or walk. 

Physical cleaning and debridement remove dead tissue

One of the reasons why your fungal toenails are so unsightly is the buildup of debris on and around the nail. Furthermore, a fungal infection changes the overall color and texture of the toenail. 

A process called debridement removes some of the more displeasing features of a fungal toenail. Using sterile instruments, Dr. Ruiz trims away portions of the nail. This gets rid of some of the more unattractive sections while also helping topical antifungal medications work deeper and more effectively. 

Dr. Ruiz also carefully cleans away dead tissue and debris from the nailbed. He might soften some of the tissue for easier removal with a special chemical, which makes the entire process faster and more comfortable. 

Here at Lake Erie Podiatry, we personalize every fungal toenail treatment according to the severity of the infection and can make your toenails stand out less in no time. To schedule a toenail fungus treatment consultation, call our office in Erie, Pennsylvania, or book online right away. 

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