Toenail fungus

What is the prognosis of onychomycosis (fungal infection of your toenails)? And, how to prevent recurrence?  There is effective treatment to rid the majority of patients of onychomycosis.  But the relapse rate is nearly 25% within 2 years (even AFTER successful treatment). 

Who is most at risk to have a relapse (or a recurrence) of their onychomycosis?

  • Patients older than 70 years,
  • those with a history of nail trauma, and
  • diabetics. 

How to prevent recurrence? 

  • Avoid walking barefoot in public places. 
  • Disinfect shoes and socks. 
  • Keep feet dry and cool. 
  • See your physician if a nail seems to be getting infected again. 
  • Twice weekly application of topical antifungal on the toes can help decrease the chance your skin will be infected and serve as a reservoir of infection. 

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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