Fungal & Ingrown Nails in Des Moines, IA

 


Ingrown toenails often result from trimming the nails too short, particularly at the sides. Trim your toenails straight across, allowing adequate length to project beyond the skin at the toenail margins. Cuticles should be pushed back with an orange stick or hindu stone and rarely cut.
 

Nail Fungus Infection

An infection of the toenail is called onychomycosis (on-i-ko-my-ko-sis). The nail may look brownish, yellowish or have little white patches. The nail may be flaky, brittle, ragged and chipped, and debris may collect under it. The toenail may get so thick that wearing shoes can cause pain. Infected nails may also separate from the nail bed, a condition called onycholysis.

Nail fungus is more common among the older population. Factors that can increase the risk of developing nail fungus include walking barefoot in a damp environment, such as around a swimming pool; circulation problems; diabetes; and a weakened immunity system.
 
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Nail fungus is difficult to treat. After proper diagnosis, your doctor may prescribe oral antifungal medications. It may take up to three months or longer to eliminate an infection. These medications may be contra indicated in patients with liver disease.