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Treating a Fungal Infection is Harder than Catching One

The Washington Park and Fallon Park outdoor swimming pools don’t open for the season until June 6, so you should check out Green Ridge Recreation Center if you want to swim laps or take the kids for an aquatic outing. Their indoor pool has plenty to offer for the whole family, but hopefully one of those offerings is not onychomycosis, otherwise known as toenail fungus. Treating a fungal infection is not as tough as it used to be, but it is still more difficult than contracting toenail fungus in the first place.

Onychomycosis (tinea unguium) is a common fungal infection and it’s easy to catch because it can be found in variety of places. The preferred natural environment is warm, damp, and dark, so indoor pool decks and public locker rooms can be inviting for the fungus until it latches onto someone’s foot or nail.

There are various tactics for treating a fungal infection in toenails, but we have found the most effective to be laser therapy. Laser treatment is safe, effective, and FDA-approved. This process targets the fungus, while leaving your healthy nail and skin tissues alone. A session only takes half an hour and you walk out as easily as you were able to walk in.

It doesn’t take much time for a fungal infection to start, but keep in mind that it will definitely take time for your new, healthy nail tissue to grow back. In the meantime, it is important that you take certain measures to prevent reinfection.

When walking in areas where people are frequently barefoot, like locker rooms and pool decks, be sure to wear sandals or shower shoes. Don’t borrow towels, socks, or shoes, as this can lead to fungus being passed along. Wash your feet daily and then dry them thoroughly to avoid having a damp, warm environment that will promote fungal growth.

Shenandoah Podiatry is your one-stop source for treating a fungal infection. We have the knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your nails back to their natural, healthy condition. Keep in mind that it does take time for your nails to grow in, so make an appointment soon if you want to be ready for sandal season. Contact our Roanoke office at (540) 904-1458, our Blacksburg, VA office at (540) 808-4343, or use our online form today.

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