Nail fungus is a fungal infection that starts below the nail surface. Because the fungus is trapped beneath your nail plate, it can be difficult to manage. Early intervention is important when it comes to permanently getting rid of nail fungus.
Usually, the first sign of a nail fungus is a white or yellow area on your nail plate. When the infection grows worse, your whole toenail can grow discolored. You may also have other symptoms, including:
Nail fungus can also spread to your other nails, so it's always best to seek treatment from your Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers podiatrist as soon as you notice symptoms.
Toenail fungus typically enters your body through a crack in your nail, a tiny cut in the skin of your toe, or a gap between your nail and skin. Fungi are very common in damp and moist areas like pools or showers, so you may easily get nail fungus if you don’t wear shoes in such environments.
You can also contract a fungal nail infection if you perspire a lot but don't change your socks and shoes frequently. It's possible to get nail fungus from shared nail clippers, socks, or towels, as well.
Some things can leave you more vulnerable to infection, including foot trauma, chronic disease like diabetes, or chronic foot infections like athletes foot.
Toenail fungus treatments at Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers include a wide range of solutions, customized for you. Options typically include:
Other treatments, such as laser light therapy, may also help with some cases of toenail fungus. Your podiatric care specialist creates a solution that's effective for you.
To avoid recurrence of nail fungus, always wear clean, dry socks and shoes. Wear protective footwear in damp public environments like pools. Keep your nails trimmed, and regularly use antifungal foot products recommended by your podiatrist.
If you get treatment for nail fungus promptly, you'll never have to face painful, crumbling, and discolored nails again. Use the online appointment maker or call the Foot + Ankle Specialty Centers office closest to you for nail fungus treatment now.