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Keeping Your Nails Healthy And Beautiful

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Hearing the words “toenail fungus” are not very appealing. There are so many people that suffer from this condition which usually starts as a yellow spot under the toenail and can spread to more of the nail making the nail yellow, brittle and crumbly. It can be painful, and very unsightly. A nail fungus can occur slowly and go unnoticed if you don’t know what to look for.

A few common symptoms and signs of toenail fungus:

  • Discoloration of the nail

  • Change in size and thickness of the nail

  • Nail may become flaky or brittle, hard, and even difficult to trim

  • A little white or yellow spot on the nail

  • Pain and discomfort

  • Foul smell

Prevention:

Because the toenails grow slower than the fingernails, are in shoes most of the time (dark and possibly moist) it can be much harder to treat a nail fungus on the toenail. It can take up to a year to fully get rid or the fungus. With that being said, prevention is really the key. There are simple things that you can do to make sure you are not a victim to toenail fungus.

  • Keep your nails trimmed, and make sure to cut them straight across.

  • Wash your feet daily, especially in between the toes. Also make sure to dry them fully before putting shoes and socks on.

  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and not too tight.

  • Never go barefoot in public areas.

  • Take a break from nail polish once in a while. It can lock in the nail fungus and has chemicals that are not good for the nail. If you are looking for a chemical free nail polish, Dr. Merrill’s office sells a great product. Dr. Remedy’s nail enamel contains no formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP. It contains many organic ingredients and helps to “minimize the appearance of dry brittle nails, hydrate nail cuticles and improve the wear-time of your nail color.” -Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel, Co-founders of Dr.’s Remedy.

If you do happen to have a nail fungus go see your podiatrist right away. If it goes untreated it may get worse and lead to removal of the whole toenail and even skin infections. Make sure to contact the office of Dr. Evan Merrill. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, we understand your foot health needs. Make an appointment by calling 541-776-3338, or request an appointment online.

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