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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
March 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

It is very unsightly to have a toe nail infection, especially in the warmer months when we have our feet exposed more often than in the colder months. This information will help you understand a few key points about this ugly topic.

What are some causes of nail fungus?

  • Yeast and molds
  • Overgrowth of fungi under or around the nail
  • Thrives in warm moist environment

What symptoms will I experience?

  • Discoloration and darkening of the nail
  • Thickened brittle nail
  • Dull without shine or distorted shape

What can be done to treat nail fungus?

  • Topical or oral ointments – not always effective and have some degree of risk and can be costly
  • Surgical – having the nail removed is the quickest approach
  • Laser procedure – heat that destroys harmful fungi while saving the healthy tissue around the area

How can I prevent a nail fungus?

  • Don’t share nail clippers, files, shoes or socks, basically, keep your feet to yourself
  • Avoid trauma to your nail like cuts or bangs to the nail, be careful with your toes
  • Dry cotton socks, don’t let them sit wet for too long, change them often
  • Shoes that allow air to circulate and keep feet dry
  • Shower flip flops in public facilities to avoid bacteria

Nail fungal infections (aka “onychomycosis” yikes) is a fungal imbalance that effects our toenails. Here are some interesting facts from our experts in podiatry:

  • 5% of the general population contract a nail fungal infection, 20% are over the age of 60 and 50% are over the age of 70
  • Conventional approaches for treatment are effective in less than half of all cases
  • Men contract it more than women
  • Working in areas that are damp increases the risk
  • 1/3 of people with diabetes have nail fungal infections

Some risk factors include poor circulation, thickening of nails, diabetes, age, psoriasis, immune disorders and over perspiration. If you find that you suffer from more than one of these conditions you are more prone to getting toe nail fungal infections and should practice some of the preventative steps mentioned above. For more information or if you need to be treated for toenail fungus you can contact the office of Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama   in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston or Trenton MI at 313-274-0990. Let our doctors keep your toe nails fungus free!

If you are experiencing symptoms such as the thickening and yellowing of your toenails, you may be suffering from toenail fungus. Toenail fungus thrives on dead tissues, dead skin cells, and keratin in our nails. Infections occur when our toenails are subjected to a moist environment, such as sweaty shoes. Toenail fungus often starts in the toenails first, and if left untreated, can spread to your fingernails as well. Treatment can involve antifungal drugs and laser therapy. If you have a case of toenail fungus, be sure to maintain proper foot hygiene and to dry properly after washing.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Toenail fungus not only becomes more common as we age, but it can lead to other potential foot problems. “People who have toenail fungus are more likely to get skin infections between their toes,” according to Dr. John Swartzberg, of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter. Preventing toenail fungus involves proper foot hygiene and keeping the feet dry. Treating toenail fungus includes topical medication, prescribed drugs, and laser.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in  Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Clove oil may be the next new thing for treating toenail fungus, thanks to its antifungal properties and pain-relieving properties. The antiseptic found in cloves help fight against bacterial and fungal growth, according to Dr. Biplav Agrawal, Consultant Dermatologist and Immunologist. He recommends mixing 6 to 8 drops of clove oil with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and applying it to your toenail fungus a few times a day.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, visit Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salamawill assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

Read more about Toenail Fungus

Toenail FungusIMB chemists led by Organic Materials scientist James Hendrick have teamed up with researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore to create new nanofibers that attack drug-resistant fungal cells, while leaving healthy ones alone.

The nanotechnology is made from recycled plastic that the scientists were able turn into new molecules by using an organic catalyst. “The ability of these molecules to self-assemble into nanofibers is important because unlike discrete molecules, fibers increase the local concentration of cationic charges and compound mass,” said Yi Yan Yang, one of the project’s head researchers.

If you are suffering from fungal toenails you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can diagnose your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:

Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.   

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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