Do you suspect that you might have toenail fungi and are wondering what you can do about it? What treatment options are available to you? Before tackling the latter, it is important to have a good understanding of what causes the problem and challenges surrounding the condition.
What causes toenail fungus?
So what is toenail fungus? It is perhaps the most common kind of foot problem and one of the most difficult to alleviate. Most people do not realise it, but our toenails are one of the few areas of our body which is susceptible to fungal infection due to dark and humid conditions. Fungal growth spreads deep into the nail bed which makes it harder to eliminate.
Nail fungi can spread from one person to another. Shared pools and shower rooms are some of the most common causes of contamination. The same goes with shoes that are too tight for comfort and keeps the nails humid – conditions that further increase one’s risk of getting toenail fungi.
Nail fungus treatment
So how do you get rid of fungus on your feet? You will, of course, need, anti-fungal medication. Some are available over the counter, and there are home remedies that you may want to consider. Tea tree and oregano are some of the best essential oils for toenail fungus. However, in most cases, you will need a prescription from a podiatrist (foot doctor) to eliminate the problem entirely.
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Doctors prescribe anti-fungal medication depending on the severity of the problem. Not all cases respond well to the same treatment, and it is always best to seek proper medical care. Again, toenail fungi can be difficult to treat, and only a foot expert can accurately diagnose and recommend the best course of treatment which includes ointments, oral anti-fungal drugs and laser treatment.
Would you like to learn more? Arrange a consultation with some of the best podiatry experts in Australia. Call “Modpod Sports Podiatry” today on 1300 809 874.