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Recurrence of Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails. Successful treatment remains challenging, and the condition can have a significant impact on individuals. Effective management often requires months of treatment, and recurrence is common, affecting over half of successfully treated patients. Various factors contribute to the high recurrence rates. Patients with a genetic predisposition or belonging to susceptible populations, such as the elderly or diabetic people, are more likely to experience recurrence. Physical trauma can trigger recurrence in older people. Recurrence is also more common in children and may result from strong predisposing factors. Extending treatment durations beyond 48 weeks may offer better outcomes, allowing nails to grow out and eliminating nonviable fungal elements. If you have recurring toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide treatment and alleviate recurrence.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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