Fungus Among Us: Fact vs. Fiction About Toenail Fungus

Fungal nail infections, also known as onychomycosis, are a common occurrence. Unfortunately, as our team knows only too well, they also have an unfortunate habit of recurrence, with symptoms returning after numerous treatment methods have been applied. Left untreated, fungal nail infections will limit your mobility and choice of footwear, causing you pain and harming your quality of life.

For Lionel G. Hausman, DPM, this isn’t news. Neither is the fact that many misconceptions often surround onychomycosis, complicating effective management of the condition.

Let’s separate fact from fiction. Check the blog below for a few common sense starting points.

Myth 1: Toenail Fungus Goes Away on Its Own

Fact: Unfortunately, toenail fungus is a persistent infection that thrives in warm, moist environments. Left untreated, it can worsen, spread to other nails, and even become painful. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), up to 35% of adults over the age of 65 experience toenail fungus.

Myth 2: Over-the-Counter Treatments Are Enough

Fact: Over-the-counter antifungal creams and polishes can be effective for mild cases. However, they require consistent application for months and may not penetrate the nail plate deeply enough for severe infections. This can be frustrating, as it both puts more onus on you as the patient and does not guarantee results.

Myth 3: Prescription Medication is Risky

Fact: While some prescription oral antifungal medications can have side effects, these are usually mild and monitored by your doctor. They offer a much higher cure rate than topical treatments, especially for stubborn cases.

Myth 4: Laser Treatment is the Only Effective Option

Fact: Prescription oral medications remain the first line of defense against toenail fungus. Beyond that, other conservative options like medicated polish or cream can provide significant relief, and laser treatments offer a promising new option as well.

Taking Charge of Toenail Fungus

Don’t let toenail fungus hold you back! Early diagnosis and treatment always lead to better outcomes, and with limited house calls available on request to complement our numerous specialty services, our practice can make the whole process easy for you.

If you have a foot or ankle condition or injury, you’ll want to visit Gramercy Park for an appointment with Board Certified Podiatrist Lionel G. Hausman, DPM. Whether it’s an ingrown toenail, heel pain, bunions, or plantar fasciitis, Dr. Hausman can expertly treat numerous foot and ankle conditions. If you’re in need of help, get in touch with us today!

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