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Scary Winter Fungal Nails!

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Being a girl, I love for my toenails and finger nails to look good all the time! I don’t care if it is the dead of winter when I will have my boots and gloves on, I want my nails to look nice. However, after putting away all my cute sandals and wedges this summer, I started to notice a discoloration on my toenails when I started to wear my winter boots.

I was terrified! I wasn’t ever going to show my feet off with the yellow discoloration, rough nail bed, and odor I had growing on my toenails. Working at a podiatrist office defiantly gives me the upper hand on self-diagnosis. I knew I had Onychomycosis which is most commonly known as Fungal nails.

Onychomycosis is usually found in wet, dark, and warm places. Typically it can hide in shoes, socks, and your shower. You can also get Onychomycosis from nail trauma such as stubbing it repeatedly or dropping something on it. In my case, the fungus was hanging out in my dark, warm boots all summer long just waiting for my toes!

 Some suggestions to prevent fungal nails include:

  • Don't share nail clippers or nail files with others.
  • Don't share shoes or socks with others.
  • Wear dry cotton socks and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet

Fungal nails are quite easy to treat. From topical treatments to laser therapy, there are many treatment options we have to help you.  If you are scared to show off your yellow fungal nails like I was, please stop by to see what we have to offer you!

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