You’ve seen those thick, yellow, ugly looking toenails that people have. Most of us have seen it on our parents or grandparents and think it’s the grossest thing we have ever seen. The world has come a long way and people have so many options of treating this horrible infection that we simply shouldn’t have to deal with it any more.
Fungal toenails, called onychomycosis, is an infection to the toenail bed caused by the fungus Trichophyton Rubrum. It is the same organism that causes athlete’s foot. And yes, it is contagious. Most people that have fungal toenails also have a chronic athlete’s foot that was the primary issue, with the toenails becoming secondarily infected.
This infection can come from the showers at the gym or from going barefoot at the pool, but what if I said it was more likely that you got this infection from going barefoot in the yard, or worse yet, in your house! This fungus is an opportunistic infection that is common in nature and most people do have a mild colonization on different parts of their body. The fungus sits there on your skin waiting for the right conditions so it can rear its ugly self to the rest of the world.
There are many homeopathic remedies that people have used to try to cure this infection, everything from Tea Tree Oil, Vick’s Vaporub, to soaking their feet in turpentine. Many of these options have anecdotal evidence if any at all that points to a positive outcome for people self-treating onychomycosis. There are several different treatments available that are FDA approved, some with studies showing better than 98% resolution of the fungal infection.
For more information on a better outcome for you, contact Advanced Podiatry in Oklahoma City at 405.285.5523. We’re your foot and ankle solutions experts. Are you Advanced?
Tracy Hjelmstad, DPM is a Foot and Ankle specialist who practices in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.