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According to a new scientific study, the most common area that fungus and other infections are found on is the feet.Fungus grows in warm areas like our feet, especially closed within shoes, can be the warmest. The most diverse fungal conditions occur between the toes, on the back of heels, and around the toenails.
"They're enclosed in this tight container called the shoe and it gets hot and humid in there, which are the conditions that fungi like." said Dr. David Relman, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif. The study also noted that it would be quite amusing to research people in other cultures who go barefoot more often than we do to see if fungal infections are common for them as well.
There may be steps to avoid getting fungal toenails, but not step guarantees that this condition will never be a problem. If you are suffering from fungal toenails you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can diagnose your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.
Antibiotics & Treatments
Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.
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
Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:
- Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.
There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.
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Not all nail discoloration is nail fungus. Lichen Simplex Chronicus, Psoriasis, and Pityriasis Rosea are three entities that can look like nail fungus. Assuming you have a nail infected with fungus, there are unique types of fungus that need to be treated differently. The common treatment for nail fungus is: topical and oral medications, Mechanical shaving of the nail, surgical procedures and Laser nail treatment. Make sure you know what nail problem you have before starting any treatment. All of these treatments are available in our offices.