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How to Care for Ingrown Toenails and Fungal Nail Infections

If you are having trouble treating these common issues, our Brooksville, FL, foot doctor can help!ingrown toenail

While no one wants to deal with foot problems, most people will have to face them at some point in their lifetime. Ingrown toenails and fungal infections are rather common, but our Brooksville, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Charles Chapel, is here to give you some pointers for how to handle these issues should they ever happen to you.

Ingrown Toenails

Typically an ingrown toenail develops due to trimming nails too short (often at the sides of the nail); however, an ingrown toenail may also be the result of an injury, too much pressure caused by tightly fitted shoes or even a fungal infection. An ingrown toenail is often painful, swollen and red.

While painful, you’ll be happy to hear that ingrown toenails can be easily managed with warm foot soaks throughout the day, which can alleviate pain and tenderness. Stay away from shoes that are too tight or put too much pressure on the toes. If these simple measures don’t alleviate your symptoms, then it’s time to visit our Brooksville, FL, foot doctor. Sometimes antibiotics will need to be prescribed if the problem leads to an infection.

Fungal Toenail Infections

A fungal infection can leave a toenail looking thick, brittle and yellow. This infection, if left untreated, can continue to spread to other areas, as well, so it’s important to treat the infection as soon as possible. While you can try over-the-counter medications, most topical ointments or gels won’t be able to reach the fungus lying below thick layers of nail. Sometimes the best way to target a fungal infection is to visit us for an oral antifungal medication.

If you have persistent fungal infections, we may recommend laser fungal treatment, which is a painless and effective way to safely penetrate through the nail to heat up and destroy the fungus underneath. Laser treatment can be a great option for someone dealing with chronic infections that don’t seem to respond to other treatment options.

Do you have questions about treating your fungal infection or ingrown toenail? Do you want to enlist the help of our podiatrist? Then call Chapel Podiatry in Brooksville, FL, today to schedule your next visit!

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