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Spring is here and before you know it you'll be slipping on your sandals and flip flops. Off you'll go to grab the latest shades of nail polish or perhaps to a nail salon to get your toenails looking their very best.

If slapping on nail polish and cutting your toenails were the only things you needed to do to keep your toenails looking great, life would be easy.

But unfortunately it's not. You may be one of those people who are at risk for getting toenail fungus because it tends to run in families. And the last thing you want is a case of onychomycosis, the medical name for toenail fungus.

Fortunately there are things you can do to avoid getting it altogether but it's going to take more than a bottle of nail polish.

  • Wear flip flips poolside and in gym locker rooms. Both of these places are a hotbed of bacteria and fungus so keeping your feet off the floor is very important.

  • Wear shoes that fit. If your toes are hitting the tops of your shoes you need buy a pair that doesn't. Your toenails protect your body from allowing any bacteria or fungus in. But when they are compromised fungus can get into your system, a perfect scenario for toenail fungus. Be sure you get your feet measured when you buy a new pair of shoes.

  • Keep your toenails short. Letting your toenails get too long will effectively cause the same problem as having shoes that are too short.

  • Keep your feet dry. If you tend to sweat a lot or you're very active your feet are going to get damp. Fungus loves a damp environment. Make sure you avoid cotton socks and instead buy socks that will wick away moisture. In addition, you can rotate your shoes on a daily basis to dry them out or purchase a UV light shoe sanitizer which will destroy 99% of all germs in your shoes.

  • Avoid nail salons that look sketchy. You might love to go to the nail salon to get your nails done, but if they aren't properly sterilizing their equipment or footbaths than skip it.

If you or a loved one has toenail fungus, learn more about how we treat it by visiting our Seattle Fungal Toenail Center.

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Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean that scary fungal toenails need to be part of your costume, even if you do plan to go as a witch.

You may be wondering if your discolored nails really are fungus. It's a good question. While fungus is the first thing we think about when we see scary looking nails, they can be caused by trauma such as dropping a heavy object on them or repetitive action such as running.

If you do have fungus it's not something to keep under wraps. Unfortunately most fungal nails won't just sit there. Over time they can get thicker and cause your nails to become distorted and painful. And just like warts they can spread to other toenails and family members.

What can you do?

Get Your Nails Tested For Fungus
If your primary doctor has already verified its fungus then you probably have it. If not a sample of your nail clippings will need to be analyzed. That way we know we’re treating the real deal.

How to Prevent Your Toenails from Becoming Witch-like
You can stop your nails from getting worse and distorted by getting your nails treated early. The earlier the better since fungus can be more difficult to treat the longer you have it.

Take Precautions to Prevent Fungal Nails In the First Place
To avoid fungus altogether there are a few things you can do. If your spouse or another family member has it, make sure they get treated to stop the chance of it spreading to you or someone else. Shower rooms and locker rooms are breeding grounds for fungus; always wear flip flops or other foot covering in these situations. Be sure your nail salon is properly sterilizing their tools. Or instead pull out your supplies and give yourself a DIY pedicure.

Don’t be Fooled by Folk Treatments Such As Vicks Vapor Rub
Many people ask this Seattle podiatrist whether Vicks or Listerine can get rid of toenail fungus. These folk remedies have not been shown to be successful. The only treatments proven to work are certain topicals you can purchase over-the-counter or from a pharmacist, oral medications, and laser. Our office uses comprehensive laser treatment along with orals and topicals to get clearing of nail fungus for our patients. Laser penetrates the nail bed to kill the fungus, orals kill the fungus through the bloodstream, and topicals keep down the fungal load on the outside of the nail and skin surrounding the nail.

Your nails can take nine months or longer to grow out once they get treated. That's why it's important to get your toenails treated now if you're want to wear sandals this summer.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

More information
Guide to Eliminating Ugly Fungal Toenails
Fungal Nails are More Than a Cosmetic Problem in Diabetic Patients

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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You can contact the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.