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Treatment of Toenail Fungus

Fungal nail infections, which are known as onychomycosis, are widespread and can affect up to 14 percent of the general population, with toenail infections being more common than fingernails. While usually not severe, they can cause discomfort and affect nail appearance. Symptoms include nail discoloration, thickening, fragility, and separation from the nail bed. Often, fungal toenail infections coincide with fungal skin infections on the foot, such as athlete's foot. These infections result from various environmental fungi entering small cracks in nails or surrounding skin. While anyone can get them, certain factors increase susceptibility, such as nail injuries, diabetes, and weakened immune systems. Prevention measures involve keeping hands and feet clean and dry, maintaining short, clean nails, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas. Diagnosis requires laboratory testing, with podiatrists typically collecting nail clippings for microscopic examination or laboratory analysis. Effective treatment often involves prescription anti-fungal pills, initiated early. Severe cases may require nail removal. Recurrence is possible, especially in those with underlying health conditions, necessitating prompt attention if symptoms return. If you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a prompt evaluation and the correct treatment method.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Stanley Luksenburg, DPM of Home Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fairway Park, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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