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A Closer Look At Onychomycosis Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common and bothersome condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when fungal organisms, usually dermatophytes, invade the toenail, causing infection. The fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, making your feet, particularly your toenails, an ideal breeding ground. The initial signs of toenail fungus often include discoloration, typically yellow or brown, and a change in the texture of the nail. Over time, the affected nail may become thickened and brittle, with crumbling or distorted edges. It may also emit an unpleasant odor. Toenail fungus can be both unsightly and uncomfortable, and in some cases, it can even lead to pain. If left untreated, it can spread to other toenails and become a chronic issue. Seeking prompt medical attention is vital in addressing toenail fungus effectively which may help to prevent further complications. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer the appropriate treatment option for you.

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 Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM of Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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