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Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common fungal infection that affects the nails, causing discoloration, thickening and brittleness of the nails. This condition typically begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the nail and can progress to a more severe infection if left untreated. Toenail fungus can be both unsightly and uncomfortable, often leading to pain or discomfort when wearing shoes or walking, making it important to seek prompt treatment.
Toenail fungus is typically diagnosed through physical examination and laboratory tests. A health care professional will examine the affected nails, looking for signs of discoloration, thickening and crumbling. They may also take a nail sample for laboratory analysis, which can involve microscopy or fungal culture, to confirm the presence of fungal infection and identify the specific type of fungus causing the infection. This helps in determining the most appropriate treatment approach.
Alternatively, your provider may recommend debridement (removal of the affected nail material) or surgical nail removal.
Foot health is directly tied to our overall well-being. Inspira’s podiatrists are trained in diagnosing, treating and suggesting long-term solutions to conditions like toenail fungus. At locations across the South Jersey region, you will find a convenient and caring team to help you get your foot health back on track.
Toenail fungus can be caused by exposure to fungi in moist environments, compromised nail integrity, poor foot hygiene, diabetes, weakened immune system and tight or non-breathable shoes.
To prevent toenail fungus, keep feet clean and dry, wear breathable shoes and moisture-wicking socks, avoid walking barefoot in public areas, regularly trim nails, disinfect nail tools and use antifungal sprays or powders.
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