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Dealing with Toenail Fungus

Experiencing toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, can be a persistent and bothersome condition. Toenail fungus causes nails to become yellow, opaque, and brittle, often leading to crumbling or breaking. The fungus thrives in warm, moist environments, making individuals with sweaty feet or those who wear heavy shoes more susceptible. Not only is it unpleasant, but toenail fungus is also highly contagious. It can spread easily in communal areas, such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and shared showers. Treatment usually involves oral antifungal medications that need to be taken for several weeks. Even as the medication starts working, it might take some time before new, healthy nail growth appears, and the discoloration and brittleness may persist until then. Preventive measures are essential to managing and avoiding the spread of the infection. Keeping feet dry, wearing moisture-wicking socks, trimming nails properly, and ensuring feet are fully dry before putting on socks and shoes can help. If you are experiencing symptoms of toenail fungus, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam 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 Dr. Steven Shlonsky of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky 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 office located in Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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