Summer is when we show off our toes, and nail fungus is tough to hide and get rid of. "Fungus is an organism that lives in a dark, damp, moist environment. And so when you wear a lot of closed-toe shoes, you're really at risk for that," said Dr. Franklin Kase, Burbank Podiatry Associates Group.
You can get fungus if you walk barefoot in public places, or catch it from someone else. Fortunately, Kase says, there are many ways to treat it. "There's some topical medicines that are effective; there are oral medications that are effective; and now we are using lasers to treat fungal nails," said Kase.