Foot Conditions

Onychomycosis Treatment in Erie, PA

Onychomycosis Treatment in Erie, PAOnychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails. This ailment causes toenails to thicken, discolor, disfigure, and split. At first glance, onychomycosis appears to be only a cosmetic concern. However, without treatment, the toenails can become abnormally thick forcing the toe to press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, and pain.

Onychomycosis may or may not have symptoms. Individuals seek treatment for cosmetic reason, not because they are experiencing pain. However, if the disease continues to progress without treatment, onychomycosis may interfere with standing, walking, and exercising.

Onychomycosis is generally established by laboratory tests before beginning treatment. Treatments for this condition can be long, expensive, and have associated health risks.

Risk factors making one more susceptible to onychomycosis include:

  • Poor circulation
  • Advancing age
  • Poor health
  • Trauma
  • Showering in communal showers—such as fitness clubs
  • Habitually wearing shoes which don't allow proper airflow

Treatment options vary by individual and severity of the ailment. Talk with your doctor about what treatments will work best for you.

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