Enjoying Fall in Jasper (without Toenail Fungus)
When autumn comes around, it sure makes itself felt! Some years it appears with a sudden drop in temperature as if a seasonal switch was flipped overnight. Other years, the change feels more gradual. You just look up one day and realize the leaves have been turning colors—you just didn’t realize it! Whichever way fall chooses to appear each year, there are plenty of ways to celebrate its arrival in our region. We’ll get to some of those in a bit. But if the changing hues of the leaves are a painful reminder of the changing hues and brittleness of your nails, now is a good time to start fungal toenail treatments.
Wait. NOW is the Time for Fungal Nail Treatments?It is! Yes, we know it’s getting colder. Yes, we know that, save for some hardy college students, sandal season is a memory. Toes will be hibernating in closed shoes and boots until spring. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But here’s the thing: just as it takes a season for the leaves to change, your nails aren’t going to clear up overnight, either. We have treatments that can kill fungus, but it can be a rather stubborn thing. And even once it is all gone, the damage left to the nail remains until it is replaced by the growth of new, clear, healthy toenails. When it comes to the speed of nail growth, think trees more than weeds. Toenails on average grow about 1.6 mm per month. That means after 3 months, they’ve only grown about two-tenths of an inch! This will take a while. Given the time between treatment and wanting to see completely clear results, starting treatment sooner is always going to be best. Beginning now will give your toenails more time to be ready to show off once the sun starts staying out again! Not only that, but delaying treatment often just gives the fungus more opportunity to work itself in and become harder to take care of once you do start. We will be sure to discuss all options with you during your appointment. These may involve oral medications, topical medications, or even partial removal of the nail. Each method has its own pros and cons, and the most recommended route often depends on your needs and the severity of the fungal infection. In the meantime, though, don’t let fungal toenails keep you from enjoying all that fall has to offer. There’s still plenty to enjoy while taking action on your toes!
Haunted HuntingburgIf you’d like to start your Halloween festivities early (and we know there are a lot of you who do!), then the annual Haunted Huntingburg festival on October 12 and 13 is a great time to gear yourself up. Market Street Park in downtown Huntingburg is the center of the event, and will be the location of the accompanying blues festival, food trucks, and artisans. There will also be a free showing of Coco for families on Saturday evening! If you enjoy a more frightening fall experience, then you’ll want to go down the “Monsters, Madness, & Mayhem” haunted trail on Friday night. The trail winds through Niehaus Park, with parking and shuttle services at nearby Salem Church. Think twice before letting the kids join this one—it is recommended for mature audiences only.
Rosenvolk German Medieval FestivalFerdinand is the site for medieval fun with Bavarian flair! The Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival will be open Oct. 19-21 at the 18th Street Park. Highlights include more than 20 musical and entertainment acts, including living statues, bards, and stilt walkers. There will also be full contact jousting, craft brews, blacksmiths, an encampment of landsknecht (medieval German mercenaries), and a bevy of other exciting attractions! We checked the FAQ and, yes, you can bring your medieval weaponry as long as it’s peace-tied (that means you can’t draw it). Real firearms of any type or age will not be allowed. Pets also cannot be brought to the event, except for trained service animals.
Spirit of Jasper Fall Foliage Ride & DinesWe are fans of nice walks among the leaves, but taking them in via rail car is a great experience, too! On weekends through October, the Spirit of Jasper luxury train hosts “fall foliage” excursions. Trains leave the Jasper depot for a 30-mile round trip including dinner in Cuzco. There’s a different dinner menu each ride, so be sure to check the schedule in advance to see what your palette will like most! A cash bar is also available each trip. Saturday rides will leave at 4 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Sunday rides will depart at 11:30 a.m. and return at 3 p.m.
The Finest Fun is Fungus-FreeToenail fungus isn’t going to keep you from any of these fall events, but the peace of mind that the problem is being addressed can help your enjoyment of life now and well into the future! Eradicating the fungus also means your family has a little less of a chance of picking it up themselves. If you’re ready to take the first step toward fungal toenail treatment, your future self is going to thank you! Our Jasper office is accepting new patients and ready to help! Call us at (812) 481-7200 or fill out our online contact form to have a member of our staff reach out to you.