Onychomycosis

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that causes fingernails or toenails to become thickened, discolored, disfigured or split. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition and some of the ways you can avoid it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Onychomycosis is an infection in your toenails or fingernails that is caused by a fungus.

Doctors dont always know the cause. It is more common in people who have diabetes and other medical problems, and in older adults.

There are many treatments. Your doctor can give you pills to kill the fungus. They work better than other treatments. But you need to take them every day for several months.

Special nail polishes can sometimes kill the fungus. There are also treatments that use lasers and special lights to kill the fungus.

Here are some things you can do to lower the chance of getting more fungus on your nails:

Dry your feet well after bathing.

Wear sandals or shoes made of real leather.

Dont wear cotton socks.

Use antifungal sprays or powders in your shoes.

Dont go barefoot in public showers, and

Dont use nail polish or nail extenders, such as acrylic or gel nails. If you get manicures and pedicures, go to salons you trust.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.