Need for Toenail Fungus Treatment

Yellowed, brittle, and unusual-looking toenails may indicate a fungal nail infection, known as onychomycosis. Experts caution that these infections persist without intervention and can easily be transmitted from person to person. These types of infections can be contracted through close contact or from barefoot walking in communal areas like locker rooms. The fungus infiltrates toenails, thriving in moist, sweaty footwear. Toenail fungus affects roughly one in ten people globally, and is more prevalent with age, affecting over half of individuals aged 70 and older. People who have diabetes or compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable. If you notice a change in your toenails, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Illinois . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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