• There is a Fungus Among Us

    by Howard Kimmel, DPM
    on Apr 8th, 2019

There is an expression/joke that we say in podiatry and that there is a fungus among us. With the weather getting warmer, we tend to perspire (Sweat) in our shoes, not only does this cause an abnormal feeling, it could possibly breed a fungus. The fungus grows in a warm dark moist enviroment. Obviously our shoes!! It is fashionable and nice to wear shoes without socks, but this is not the best idea!! I always advise my patients to practice good fungal hygiene, so what is that? There are a coupole things you can do. First off, you should wear 100% cotton socks or peds. Yes i know it's difficult to find 100% cotton but getting something close is important. Woman that wear nylons/pantyhose will have more persperation, which because of the material they do not absorb moisture like cotton does. Another thing I suggest is alternating shoes on a daily basis and placing them vertically up against the wall. This allows them to dry out. Also its important to spray some type of disinfectant like lysol inside the shoe to kill any bacteria or fungus. Finally, use some type of powder, whether it is baby powder or anti-fungal foot powder. This powder absorbs moisture. So the bottom line is to keep the shoe as dry as possible.

So what about your nails? It is not uncommon to get a fungal nail infection, which is called onychomycosis. The majority of the time it occurs in the big toe, then usually the little toe. So how do you get a fungus in your nail? Nails grow like a tree, they grow from a root. So in order to kill a fungus in a nail, you need to kill it at the root. Even though there are prescription topical mediciation, it is only  about 15% effective. The only medication that will really kill the fungus in the root are the oral medications, which are Sporanox and Lamisil. These medications are about 70% effective. It takes roughly 6-12 months for a nail to grow out, so you will not see the immediate effects of the medication.

If you do have a fungus, it should be treated so call Buckeye Foot Care

Author Howard Kimmel, DPM Dr. Howard M. Kimmel, DPM provides advanced care for foot problems for patients in Brook Park, Willoughby, and Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Kimmel offers wound care, orthotic devices, comprehensive foot and ankle surgery, and several other forms of Podiatric treatment at Buckeye Foot Care. He is the only podiatrist in the state of Ohio to have a residency in pediatric foot and ankle problems. Dr. Kimmel is dedicated to providing patients in Ohio with top-notch care for foot and ankle problems, wound care, and other related issues. He also continues to build on his knowledge of podiatry and remains up-to-date on the latest technology and treatments in the podiatry field.

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