Nail and Skin Care FAQ

Dry skin can cause a large amount of problems for feetDo home remedies for warts work?

Warts are caused by a virus and the most effective treatments address that fact. This means most home care techniques don’t really work for your feet. If you have otherwise completely healthy feet, you can try home treatment, but they probably won’t improve your warty growth. Common home remedies for warts include duct tape bandages, vitamin C or garlic paste, and soaks in natural acids like pineapple juice or apple cider vinegar.

Over-the-counter wart treatments are slightly different. They contain low levels of medicines for these skin lesions, such as salicylic acid to kill and peel away the bump. These can be very helpful, though stubborn bumps may need prescription-strength medication. If you have a preexisting condition that compromises your immune system or increases your risk for ulcers—like diabetes—never try to manage skin lesions on your own. Your best bet for complete wart care is having the lesion examined and treated by a specialist like Sanjay Gandhi, DPM. Contact A Step Up Podiatry, LLC in Manalapan, NJ, for more information or an appointment today. You can reach us online or by calling (732) 446-7136.

How can I prevent fungal toenails?

You can take many steps to prevent fungal toenails. First and foremost, work to make your toes an inhospitable place for fungus to grow. Fungus needs warm, damp, enclosed environments, so keeping your feet dry with air circulating around your digits makes it far less likely you’ll get infected. Wear fresh socks that wick moisture and dry shoes made from natural materials that allow your feet to breathe. Washing and drying your feet every day is important as well.

Avoid walking barefoot anywhere that might harbor fungus—particularly locker rooms, saunas, public bathrooms, and pool decks. Instead, wear sandals or shower shoes to help protect your skin and nails. If you get pedicures regularly, make sure you go to a reputable salon with high cleanliness standards. You might want to consider pre-treating your feet and toenails with anti-fungal sprays or powders as well. This helps kill off any loose fungal cells that you might have picked up. If you’re concerned you may be developing a nail infection, get it treated right away. Dr. Sanjay Gandhi and our team at A Step Up Podiatry, LLC can help. Call (732) 446-7136 or use our online forms to contact our Manalapan, NJ, office.

How do you get athlete’s foot?

Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection in your skin. The fungus is a microscopic organism that exists in the environment around you, thriving in warm and damp places. When you come into contact with it, the pathogen transfers to your skin and sits there. If your feet foster a fungus-friendly environment, the infection takes hold and begins growing and spreading. That’s when uncomfortable symptoms appear.

The condition is highly contagious and can easily thrive in some public places, like pools, community showers and restrooms, locker rooms, and saunas. Even sharing towels or shoes with someone who has the infection can transfer the foot fungus to you. That’s why you have to take extra precautions in high-risk areas if you want to avoid the infection. Athlete’s foot doesn’t go away on its own, and it might need strong anti-fungal medication to treat it. Let Sanjay Gandhi, DPM and our team at A Step Up Podiatry, LLC in Manalapan, NJ, help you eliminate your foot fungus. Call (732) 446-7136 to make an appointment today.