Toenail Fungus Treatment in Missouri and Illinois

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Missouri Locations

Bridgeton (MO) Office
3445 Bridgeland Drive
Bridgeton, MO 63044
(314) 339-6536


Des Peres (MO) Office
2315 Dougherty Ferry Road
Suite 110
Des Peres, MO 63122
(314) 339-6980


Festus (MO) Office
1390 US Highway 61
Suite G1000
Festus, MO 63028
(636) 535-1020


Tesson Ferry (MO) Office
13303 Tesson Ferry Road
Suite 150
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 339-6539


Hampton Village (MO) Office
16 Hampton Village Plaza
Suite 274
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 339-6541

Toenail Fungus TreatmentMany people don’t realize they have a fungal nail problem. Moreover, many people that do never seek treatment. Still, fungal toenail infections are a common foot health problem.

Fungal toenail infections can persist for years without ever causing pain. The disease, characterized by a change in a toenail’s color, is often considered nothing more than a mere blemish, but it can present serious problems if left untreated.

Also referred to as Onychomycosis, fungal nail infections are an infection underneath the surface of the nail, which can also penetrate the nail. In addition to causing difficulty and pain when walking or running, fungal nail infections are often accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection in or about the nail plate.

A group of fungi called dermatophytes easily attack the nail, thriving off keratin, the nail’s protein substance. When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail may become thicker, yellowish-brown or darker in color, and foul smelling. Debris may collect beneath the nail plate, white marks frequently appear on the nail plate, and the infection is capable of spreading to other toenails, the skin, or even the fingernails.

Nail bed injuries may make the nail more susceptible to all types of infection, including fungal infection. Those who suffer chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, are especially prone to fungal nails. Other contributory factors may be a history of Athlete’s foot and excessive perspiration.

You can prevent fungal nail infections by taking these simple precautions:

  • Exercise proper hygiene and regularly inspect your feet and toes.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.
  • Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible.
  • Clip your nails straight across so that the nail does not extend beyond the tip of the toe.
  • Use a quality foot powder – talcum, not cornstarch – in conjunction with shoes that fit well and are made of materials that breathe.
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery, which promotes moisture. Socks made of synthetic fiber tend to “wick” away moisture faster than cotton or wool socks, especially for those with more active life styles.
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools and don’t apply polish to nails suspected of infection.

Depending on the type of infection you have, over-the-counter liquid antifungal agents, while sometimes effective, may not prevent a fungal infection from recurring. A topical or oral medication may need to be prescribed, and the diseased nail matter and debris removed by a process called debridement.

In some cases, surgical treatment is prescribed, during which the infected fungal nail is removed. Permanent removal of a chronically painful nail, which has not responded to any other treatment, permits the fungal infection to be cured, and prevents the return of a deformed nail.

Illinois Locations

Alton (IL) Office
3505 College Avenue
Suite B
Alton, IL 62002
(618) 717-4116


Columbia (IL) Office
1000 Eleven South
Suite 3C
Columbia, IL 62236
(618) 767-6095


Edwardsville (IL) Office
235 B South Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
(618) 205-6029


O'Fallon (IL) Office
784 Wall Street
Suite C
O'Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 767-6095


Pinckneyville (IL) Office
5383 State Route 154
Pinckneyville, IL 62269
(618) 704-7641


Red Bud (IL) Office
325 Spring Street
Red Bud, IL 62278
(618) 699-4110


Waterloo (IL) Office
509 Hamacher Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
(618) 219-8047

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