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Toenail Fungus Removal in Chicago

Toenail fungus can be unsightly, embarrassing, and even painful. If your toes don’t look or feel like normal, consider visiting the Advanced FootCare Center in Chicago. Prompt treatment is important for your own comfort and for halting the spread of the fungus. Advanced FootCare Center offers several treatment options for people. Dr. Dean DiRico has decades of experience treating a wide range of toenail problems, and can promptly address your fungus problem.

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Fungus Removal Options

Toenail fungus can be both unsightly and embarrassing.  To make sure your fungus doesn’t spread, you should consider getting it treated as soon as possible.

  • Topical Treatment: There are several types of topical antifungal medications that can provide amazing results. Discuss the type that works best for your specific condition with Dr. Dean DiRico.
  • Oral Medication: Some patients opt for antifungal pills that eliminate the fungus from the inside. Oral medication is often effective, however Dr. DiRico can determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment option.
  • Nail Removal: If other treatment options fail, or if you have a particularly severe case, your podiatrist may recommend the complete removal of the affected nail. Removing the nail makes it easy to address the remaining fungus on the nail bed.
  • Additional Treatment Options: There are several other options to include more advanced treatments that can be reviewed with you during your visit.

Ideal Growth Conditions

Like most other types of fungus, they tend to thrive in moist, warm environments. It is most often transmitted via locker room floors, bathroom floors, and other communal spaces. If you plan on using a communal locker room shower, consider wearing a pair of flip flops or shower shoes. As it grows, you may be tempted to cover it with closed-toe shoes; unfortunately, fungus will thrive in the warm, moist, and dark environment created by your shoes and socks.

Common Fungus Symptoms

It’s important to be mindful of toenail fungus symptoms—that way, you’ll know when to see a podiatrist. Since there are many different kinds of fungus, patients see many different kinds of symptoms. Common symptoms include thickening, discoloration, and distorted shape. Some people might notice that their toenails become brittle. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist if you notice any changes to your toenails.

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