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Why Does My Nail Fungus Keep Coming Back?

Almost 15% of the population of North America has nail fungus, so if you have it, you have plenty of company. However, just because it’s common doesn’t mean you have to live with it — even though its persistence may make it seem that way. 

The medical name for toenail fungus is onychomycosis, and it’s an infection, or, as experts from Harvard write, “an invasion by a microscopic organism that thrives in warm, damp environments.” 

Dr. Svetlana Malinsky has experience in successfully treating toenail fungus, and she’s aware that it can be challenging to free yourself from this annoying condition. However, with patience and ongoing attention, you can have healthy toenails again. 

Why is nail fungus so difficult to get rid of? 

First, the fungus gets into your nail bed, then it penetrates the nail itself. Once your nail is infected, it never won’t be. As your nail grows, it grows with the fungus. Only treatment allows a new, healthy nail to grow — and that treatment may need to continue for a long time. 

Another reason it’s difficult to get rid of nail fungus is that it thrives in dark, damp places. Those shoes you wear all day are the perfect breeding ground. 

Seek care promptly

If you notice signs of toenail fungus, such as a yellowing and thickening of your nail, book an appointment with Dr. Malinsky. The earlier you begin treating it, the better your outcome is likely to be. 

Some people put off seeing a specialist because there are other things that can cause your nail to yellow and thicken, such as age. In fact, older age increases your likelihood of getting toenail fungus.

Take good care of your feet to prevent fungus

It’s important to wear shoes that fit properly, because shoes that are too small can make it easier for toenail fungus to invade your toes. You should also be careful to wash and dry your feet carefully and thoroughly everyday. If you use showers in public places like at the gym or pool, wear flip flops. 

Take a moment to consider your socks. Do they wick moisture away from your toes? In some cases, acrylic socks are better than cotton because they wick away moisture more effectively. 

Effective treatments for nail fungus

Dr. Malinsky first evaluates your situation and makes sure that what you have is toenail fungus before suggesting treatment options. One of the reasons it’s so important to seek proper care if you think you may have toenail fungus is that treatment depends on how advanced it is, along with other factors. 

In order to be effective, your treatment must involve an antifungal medication. Dr. Malinsky may prescribe a topical treatment, an oral medication, or some combination of the two. You may need to continue using an over-the-counter antifungal powder or cream even after the fungus appears to be gone to ensure the nail is fungus-free. 

If you suspect you may have toenail fungus, don’t wait any longer. Book an appointment with Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, in College Park, Maryland, today. You can use our convenient online scheduling tool, or you can call us at 301-232-3358. 

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