Over 30 million people in the U.S. suffer from a condition called onychomycosis, commonly known as toenail fungus. We at the Sound Laser Center know toenail fungus can be embarrassing and painful, and on top of that, frustratingly hard to get rid of. Those who suffer from fungal infections know that over-the-counter topical remedies typically don’t work and usually require daily application for months if not years. Oral medication, like Lamisil, is another treatment option that carries with it the risk of harmful side effects and a necessity to monitor liver enzymes with bloodwork. For years, these two treatments have been the only options, leaving those who suffer from toenail fungus with limited treatment success and potential bodily harm.
The best way to prevent fungal toenail infections is to keep the feet clean and dry. Toenails should be kept short and be cut straight across. Feet should be thoroughly dried after a bath or shower, and absorbent cotton socks should be worn to keep feet dry and well-ventilated. Here are a few more tips to help keep toenail fungus at bay:
- Keep your nails short, dry and clean.
- Wear appropriate socks.
- Choose a reputable manicure and pedicure salon.
- Give up nail polish and artificial nails.
- Wash your hands after touching an infected nail.