Fungal conditions are often embarrassing in their appearance and odor. Many patients struggle with eliminating fungi as they can be particularly resistant to store-bought medications. Dealing with these conditions without receiving positive results can be quite disheartening. Don’t give up! The correct treatment is just around the corner with the trained professionals at Parker Foot & Ankle.
What is a fungal condition?
A fungus is a type of mold that thrives in dark, damp, warm environments. Due to the nature of this condition, it is more commonly acquired in the summer months. Although it can affect the hands and feet, these microorganisms primarily settle between the toes. This problem can then spread to the nails without proper treatment. Socks and shoes can aid in the development of this type of infection as they provide an environment of increased heat and perspiration. This means that changing wet socks and shoes is vital.
How did I come into contact with a fungus?
Public showers and swimming pools are common environments for fungus growth and many patients acquire infections from these sources. Athlete’s foot has a particular reputation for developing from going barefoot in locker rooms. Wearing shower shoes in these areas will be extremely helpful in the prevention of this problem. If you work in a humid environment or your feet are prone to sweating, changing your shoes and socks 2 or 3 times a day is good practice as it greatly reduces the chances of acquiring a fungal problem. Dry feet are much less likely to become infected. The conditions that develop due to fungi are also contagious, so don’t borrow towels, socks, shoes, gloves, and nail clippers. The contagious nature of this fungal infection will even allow it to spread from the feet to the hands through contact.
How are fungal conditions treated?
Fungal nails and skin conditions can be particularly stubborn during treatment. Many store-bought medications are ineffective and even dangerous for some patients. For this reason, a variety of different medications and treatments are usually prescribed to work in tandem. Dr. Robert Parker may direct you to use topical or oral medications to fight off the fungal infection. Many patients have also benefitted from the use of anti-fungal lacquers the affected nails and skin to stop fungal growth. This will allow fresh healthy nails to grow in place of the infected area. In more severe cases, the nail may be permanently removed to prevent the possibility of a returning fungal infection.
Nail Laser Treatments
Years ago, Dr. Parker spearheaded one of the largest innovations in podiatry by acquiring the first fungal nail laser in Houston. The treatment process involves the pain-free use of lasers to kill off harmful fungal infections without damaging the surrounding tissues. This procedure requires no drugs or anesthetics and can solve all your fungal nail problems in two simple visits. Nail lasers provide the most effective results in comparison to all other forms of treatments.
Don’t let embarrassing nail and skin conditions keep you from enjoying your life. With a few appointments, Dr. Parker can get rid of those ugly nails and have you back on your feet in no time. Just call our Houston office at 281-497-2850, or schedule an appointment online.