Are you suffering from foot fungus and or toenail fungus?  If you are, you know how annoying this affliction can be, as it is so hard to get rid of.  Many people get foot/toenail fungus without even knowing they have it.  Athlete’s foot can often lead to this, and be the culprit.  Many people who have a fungal problem on their feet don’t realize what’s going on, and tend to ignore it, or mistake it for psoriasis or something else.  Their feet may be itchy, their toenails may appear yellowish, & sometimes the nail separates from the nail bed.  It’s easy to confuse foot/toenail fungus with other conditions, such as psoriasis.  Many people are told they have psoriasis, when in fact they DO NOT, and are dealing with toenail fungus, instead.

Many times, this condition doesn’t cause pain, and people think it will just go away on its own.  BUT NAIL FUNGUS DOESN’T GO AWAY BY ITSELF!   And, the problem is, if you don’t treat this infection, there’s a chance it could get worse, spreading to other nails or through the body!  It could even get to the point where it causes pain to its bearer when they walk. 

Luckily, though, there are many treatments out there to deal with this icky condition.  At Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, Dr. Abrams and his skilled staff see many people with toenail fungus- usually people who ignored it for way too long.  So, what are some of the treatments out there that may finally rid you of your toenail fungus forever?  Here are some:

  • You can try home remedies- do some research and see what people have had success with.
  • You can buy antifungal creams, gels, and nail polish online and at the store without a prescription.  If your infection doesn’t seem too bad, you may want to try this first.
  • If your infection seems worse, head to your podiatrist- he can trim and file away your nail’s dead layers, test a sample of the nail to confirm that it is, after all, nail fungus- & what type it is.  From there, your doctor might suggest an antifungal drug that gets painted on your nails.  
  • You can take prescription drugs orally, your doctor may decide to prescribe you such drugs as Lidocaine- although be careful to check what the side-effects may be, before going that route.
  •  If your infection is severe, nail removal may be necessary.
  •  However, laser treatment can successfully kill the fungus, although it isn’t covered by most insurance and can be expensive.  There is also not a lot of research out there as of the effectiveness of this treatment, thus far.

So, if you feel you may have toenail or foot fungus, don’t ignore it! Call Dr. Abrams, he can help get your nails and feet back to a healthy state. 

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