Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus is often ignored because the infection can be present for years without causing any pain. Schedule an appointment with Laser Podiatry Associates immediately if you notice any discoloration, thickening, or deformity of your toenails. The earlier you seek our professional treatment, the greater your chance at getting your nails to heal without spreading to other areas of your body. If untreated, the infection can impair your ability to walk and even work.
If you suffer from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, circulatory problems, or immune-deficiency conditions, then you are especially prone to fungal nails. Those with a history of athlete’s foot and excessive perspiration can also get toenail fungus. All ages and walks of life can be prone to toenail fungus because the toenails are especially vulnerable around damp areas where you walk barefoot: swimming pools, locker rooms, and public showers.
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the nail caused by fungi. Once infected, the nail appears darker in color, has a foul odor, and will collects debris under it. The infection can spread to other toenails, the skin, or even your fingernails. The increased thickening of the nails can also make walking painful when wearing shoes. Toenail fungus can also be accompanied by a secondary bacterial or yeast infection in the nail.
Treatments vary depending on the nature and severity of the infection. Treatment includes: culturing the nail, determining its cause, and forming a personalized treatment plan for you. This may include prescription strength topical or oral medication and/or laser treatment (removal of diseased nail matter and debris) of an infected nail.