Joel Schlessinger MD FAQ - Toenail Fungus and Athlete's Foot

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Joel Schlessinger MD FAQ - Toenail Fungus and Athlete's Foot

  1. 1. Joel Schlessinger, MD FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TOENAIL FUNGUS AND ATHLETE’S FOOT Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  2. 2. Toenail fungus is a fungal infection that causes one or more nails to become brittle, misshapen and discolored. Though toenail fungus is more common, fungal infections can also affect the fingernails. There are several different types of “bugs” that can cause an infection of the nail. A common infection, athlete’s foot, is caused by dermatophytes. In addition to skin, dermatophytes thrive on keratin, the substance that makes up nails. What is toenail fungus? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  3. 3. Toenail fungus occurs from the overgrowth of fungi around or under the nail. Fungi naturally thrive in warm, dark, moist places. In other words, ill-fitting shoes and socks! You can also get a fungus from coming into contact with an infected person or sharing shoes, socks and nail- grooming tools. What causes toenail fungus? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  4. 4. Symptoms of toenail fungus include thickening and discoloring of the nail. The nail might become black, white, yellow or green and grow brittle. In some cases, the nail can begin to separate from the skin or fall away altogether. What are the symptoms of toenail fungus? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  5. 5. Though technically a fungal infection of the skin, if athlete’s foot is left untreated, the same dermatophytes that affect the skin could spread to the toenails and cause distal subungal onychomycosis. This condition usually starts out as a discolored area at the corner of the nail and spreads outward till the nail becomes thickened and flaky. It’s common to experience symptoms of athlete’s foot, such as itching, stinging and burning between the toes alongside symptoms of distal subungal onychomycosis. Distal subungal onychomycosis Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  6. 6. White superficial onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail surface. White spots or streaks could appear on the nail surface and nail texture could grow soft and powdery as the infection gets worse. White superficial onychomycosis Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  7. 7. Anyone can develop a toenail fungus at any time, but the risk of developing an infection is elevated for those in the following groups: o Diabetics o Senior citizens o Those who have athlete’s foot o Those who consistently wear socks and shoes that don’t provide proper ventilation o Those with psoriasis o Those with weakened immune systems Who is at risk to develop toenail fungus? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  8. 8. Yes, it’s very possible to get a fungal infection from a salon pedicure if proper sanitary measures aren’t taken in between customers. Dr. Schlessinger recommends avoiding pedicures at the salon altogether as a precaution against toenail fungus and other conditions of the skin and nails since cleanliness can be difficult to discern. However, if you’re not ready to give up the salon experience, you can watch to see that technicians are cleaning after every customer and sterilizing their equipment. You can also bring your own polish, nail files, pumices and other tools with you to ensure you aren’t sharing with others. Never get a salon nail treatment if you have a preexisting fungus, a wart or any other type of skin condition that could potentially spread. Can I get a toenail fungus from a salon pedicure? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  9. 9. Dr. Schlessinger stresses that over-the-counter treatments and home remedies are rarely successful at treating toenail fungus. They simply don’t work and they could even make the problem worse. Toenail fungus can be persistent and difficult to treat, and it may take as long as a year for nails to grow back once the infection has cleared. You should always seek the expert opinion and care of a certified professional for any abnormalities that arise in the nail. Dr. Schlessinger is on the forefront of research for toenail fungus treatments through his clinical studies. Through this work, he has been able to offer his Omaha patients cutting edge treatments in the form of pills, topical solutions or a combination of both. However, preventing toenail fungus could be as simple as properly treating athlete’s foot before it spreads. Try the products that follow from LovelySkin.com today! How do I treat toenail fungus? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  10. 10. Zeasorb Prevention Powder can be used on the feet and other areas to absorb moisture and prevent the bacterial and fungal growth that causes athlete’s foot. The non-irritating powder absorbs three times as much moisture as regular talcum powder for advanced results. Zeasorb Prevention Powder Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  11. 11. Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment Powder for Athlete’s Foot is the number one dermatologist- recommended antifungal powder. It contains 2% miconazole nitrate to help cure athlete’s foot fast. With daily use, you could see improvement in 4 weeks or less. Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment Powder for Athlete’s Foot Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  12. 12. The creamy formula of Elta Trivase Antifungal will help you maintain healthy skin while treating athlete’s foot with 2% miconazole nitrate. The sweat-proof product stays in place to help treat infections without the aid of a moisture barrier. Enzymes help the healing process work more efficiently. Elta Trivase Antifungal Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  13. 13. o Keep your feet clean and dry. Be sure to wash them every day and let them dry completely before putting on shoes and socks. o Avoid cotton socks and shoes that are too tight, as this will create an optimal environment for fungus to grow. o Always wear sandals or water shoes in public pools and showers. o Don’t share any nail tools with others, including polishes. How can I further avoid athlete’s foot and toenail fungus? Before After Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.
  14. 14. Here’s how you can find out more about Dr. Joel Schlessinger: - Facebook http://www.facebook.com/drjoelschlessinger - Twitter http://www.twitter.com/drschlessinger - Blogs http://drjoelschlessinger.com/ http://drjoelschlessinger.wordpress.com/ Interested in learning more or setting up an appointment? Call 402.334.7546 or visit http://www.LovelySkin.com/ToenailFungus to browse our full selection of products.

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