How To Prevent Toenail Fungus

patient with toenail fungus What is Toenail Fungus & Its Causes?

Toenail fungus is a localized infection of one or more toenails caused by fungal organisms. The most common of these is called dermatophyte. Yeast and mold can also cause infection. Most of these infections begin when the agents that cause athlete’s foot spread into the nail. It is unusual to get an infection from someone else, but damp areas such as locker rooms can spread them.

Is Toenail Fungus Curable?

In most cases, toenail fungus can be eliminated with an appropriate course of treatment. However, this may take some time. Most patients will start with over-the-counter treatments. Your doctor can prescribe oral and topical antifungal treatments if the condition does not respond to OTC care.

Does Toenail Fungus Go Away On its Own?

In general, toenail fungus will not go away on its own. Many fungal infections don’t worsen after a certain point, but won’t go away, either. It can spread to the feet creating even more uncomfortable symptoms.

Can I Wear Nail Polish if I Have Toenail Fungus?

Using nail polish with toenail fungus can cause problems by inhibiting natural evaporation of moisture in the nail bed. If you wish to wear nail polish while treating your toenail fungus, special antifungal toenail polish reduces these and other risks.

Will Rubbing Alcohol Kill Toenail Fungus?

Rubbing alcohol can be effective in killing the fungus that causes toenail infections and athlete’s foot. However, it will usually only eliminate surface-level bacteria in the earliest stages of an infection. If some fungus remains in and around the toenail, an infection can recur.

How Do You Stop Toenail Fungus From Coming Back?

Ongoing treatment can reduce the likelihood of re-infection. Once your toenail fungus has been brought under control, an at-home treatment may be all you need. If you experience consistent re-infection, surgery can be used to remove all or part of a nail.

What Can Happen If Toenail Fungus Is Left Untreated?

When toenail fungus is left untreated, it is much more likely to spread into the bathroom or other damp environments and may become a hazard to others. The fungus can also spread elsewhere in the body, including between the toes.

Does Anti-Fungal Cream Prevent Toenail Fungus?

An appropriate type of anti-fungal cream is one treatment you could use to counteract moderate or mild toenail fungus. While over-the-counter creams are available, your doctor can provide a stronger grade of cream for persistent infections.

How Often Should You Cut Your Nails to Prevent Toenail Fungus?

It is recommended to cut your toenails every six to eight weeks. If you are very active, then you should cut them more often.

If you suspect you have toenail fungus, contact Northeastern Foot & Ankle to make an appointment.