Fungal infections of the feet and toenails are more common in the summer because of the warmer temperatures. You may experience heavier perspiration in your shoes. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a fungal infection and should consult a physician:
- Abnormal thickening of the toenail or it becomes distorted in shape.
- Toenail(s) become brittle or begin to crumble.
- A tiny yellowish-white spot beneath the toenail.
- Separation of the nail from the nail bed; a condition known as onycholysis.
- Red, inflamed, and/or itchy skin that may form oozing, crusty blisters.
- Foul odors from the toenails, between the toes, or from the feet generally.
The appearance and symptoms of a fungal infection can differ depending on the type and severity of the infection. Some fungal infections may clear up on their own, but most will persist and progress if they are not treated by an experienced professional. Treatment typically involves the administration of prescription anti-fungal medications to control the infection.
Unfortunately, fungal infections can easily recur if the feet are continuously exposed to the warm, dark, and moist conditions in which fungi thrive. Practicing good foot hygiene on a daily basis can help to prevent initial infection and recurring infections. Drying your feet well after washing, for example, can help to keep your feet free of fungus. Wearing socks that take moisture away from the skin and nails can also help to keep your feet from becoming infected.
If you or a loved one is burdened with a fungal infection of the feet or toenails, consider seeking professional treatment at the Family Foot Center. Our physician is experienced in providing patient-centered, personalized care to the Whitestone community and surrounding areas. Call us today at (718) 767-5555 to schedule a consultation.