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Are Your Toenails Ready For The Beach?

Fungal nails can be a persistent and unsightly condition that affects 10-20% of the population. Imagine the scenario: you're gearing up for a relaxing day at the beach, ready to soak up the sun and enjoy the soothing sound of the waves. However, the presence of fungal nails may cause a bit of hesitation and self-consciousness. With some basic prevention and treatment techniques, a Foot Healers podiatrist can help you get ready for the beach, lake, or pool this summer. 

Fungal nail infections typically occur when fungi or mold, find their way into the nail bed. Warm and moist environments, like those found in sweaty shoes or damp communal areas, create the perfect breeding ground for these fungi.

One of the telltale signs of fungal nails is a change in the appearance of the nails. They may become discolored, thickened, brittle, or develop a distorted shape. In severe cases, the affected nails may even emit a foul odor. These symptoms can be not only aesthetically displeasing but can also lead to a source of discomfort.

Prevention becomes crucial when it comes to fungal nails, especially for those looking forward to walk on the beach or wear open toed shoes this summer. Maintaining good foot hygiene, ensuring feet are thoroughly dry before putting on socks and shoes, and avoiding walking barefoot in public places can significantly reduce the risk of fungal nail infections.

For those already grappling with fungal nails, there's no need to let it dampen your beach day spirits. Treatment options abound, ranging from over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments to prescription medications. These topical treatments work by directly targeting the fungus, gradually restoring the nail to its healthy state. It takes months for the infected nail to grow out so now is the time to see a podiatrist to determine the best course of action without wasting any time.

In more severe cases, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. These medications are ingested, allowing them to work from the inside out. It's essential to follow the prescribed regimen diligently, as treatment duration can extend for several weeks to months. Regular monitoring by a podiatrist ensures that progress is being made and adjustments made if needed. Again, summer will be here before you know it, so NOW is the time to get started.

While treatment is underway, there are additional measures one can take to aid the healing process. Trimming the affected nails, keeping them short, and avoiding nail polish can promote better air circulation around the nails, inhibiting fungal growth. Wearing breathable footwear and choosing moisture-wicking socks also contribute to creating an environment less conducive to fungal proliferation.

Ultimately, fungal nails don't have to cast a shadow over your beach day bliss. With proper prevention, early detection, and appropriate treatment, you can confidently stroll along the shoreline, feeling the sand between your toes. Remember, seeking advice from a healthcare professional is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

The doctors at Foot Healers can get you on the right path, but knowing it takes months to make headway in dealing with nail fungus, make your appointment now because summer will be here before you know it!

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