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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
October 14, 2019
Category: foot fungus
Tags: toenail fungus   toenail   treatment  

Fungus thrives in warm and moist places like gyms, pool showers and even the space inside your shoes. Closed areas restrict the moisture from drying up, thereby creating a breeding ground for fungi.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have identified three reasons why your toenail infection may reappear, despite getting treatment:

  1. Contact with Fungi: Even if you have treated your fungal toenails, the infection could return if your feet are exposed to fungi again. Avoid going barefoot into public showers and changing rooms. If you wear closed shoes, spray them with antiseptics or antifungal sprays to kill any bacteria that may be accumulating inside. Also, wash your feet regularly, spray them with antiseptics and keep them dry to stop the fungi from getting inside your toenails.
  2. Incomplete treatment: At times, the fungus tends to settle underneath the toenail or deposit in the area between the skin and the toenails. With over-the-counter solutions, the fungal infection may seem to go away. However, there is a possibility that some residue is still present in the toenails. That may require some advanced treatment involving passing a laser beam over the infected nails and surrounding skin.
  3. A weak immune system: Usually patients with diabetes or blood circulation issues have slow healing capabilities and are more likely to contract infections like toenail fungus. If you have such a condition, you need to be extra careful and keep examining your feet for any unusual changes. Visit your podiatrist frequently to address your foot concerns so that any infection can be caught well in time.

If your fungal toenail issue persists or you feel that the fungus may be coming back, schedule an appointment with our highly experienced and qualified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto for examination and treatment options. Our offices are located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York for your convenience. To keep you informed and equipped in making better decisions regarding your health and well-being, visit our extensive patient library and blogs section.

When you take off your socks and notice that your nails just aren’t as healthy, shiny, and smooth as they used to be, this can sometimes take the wind out of your sails. As we age, partake in new experiences, or experience a trauma, it can affect our toenails. Our toenails are delicate and are easily susceptible to these changes. Sometimes the nails become rigid, brittle, or discolored. It can be very hard to get them back into the tip-top shape that we once enjoyed. Although it can be hard, it is not impossible, especially now that there is Keryflex available from your podiatrist.

Keryflex is a nail restoration system that restores your toenail to its original, natural appearance. This procedure is completely painless and can be conducted during a regular appointment in your podiatrist’s office. Your podiatrist will put a coating of this resin on the nail and begin to reshape the nail that is affected by fungus, trauma or defect.

The resin that is used is made out of nonporous material. It is also flexible so that as the new natural nail grows out, it can do so in a healthy manner. It is also very strong and holds up well. It is not affected by nail polish remover that is acetone based, nor is it affected by nail polish. This makes it an ideal cosmetic improvement because it can still be used in regular activities.

Although Keryflex is a great way to fix damaged nails, it does have its limits. People who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, arterial insufficiency, ingrown toenails, or a pigment deficiency should not use Keryflex.  If you have known allergies to any of the ingredients in Keryflex, it is also not advised to use the product.

Keryflex is a great alternative for those who want to have healthy looking nails without the long wait. Healthy, stronger nails are now within reach when you go to your podiatrist’s office. If you suffer from fungus, nail defect or trauma of the nail, you should see a podiatrist right away to treat the problem as well as any underlying causes. After treatment has commenced, then Keryflex may be used.

Considering Keryflex due to a problem with your natural nail? Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can determine if Keryflex is right for you. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.