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Toenail Fungus Needs Treatment

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Toenail fungus is a common foot condition. It affects people across the globe and can become more prevalent as the aging process continues. It is characterized by toenails that become yellowed and thick, and in severe cases, may crumble and fall off. It is caused by a fungus that invades the toenails, often starting with the big toe. This fungus lives in warm and moist areas, such as public swimming pools, shower room floors, and similar environments. Research has shown that toenail fungus will not disappear on its own, and measures are often implemented that can destroy the fungus. Oral medication may gradually cure the fungus but may have potential side effects. There are topical medicines available, but they may not work as effectively as other treatment methods. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose this condition, and discuss what the best treatment option is for you.

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 one of our podiatrists of North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors 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 offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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