The mere mention of fungus makes many people cringe, especially in relation to their feet. Fungal nail infections aren’t nice to look at and can become painful if you don’t manage them. At Tola Foot & Ankle Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, Pamela C. Tola, DPM, treats fungal nail infections with medications, home care, and full nail removal procedures if they’re necessary. To explore treatments for nail fungus, request an appointment by phone or online at Tola Foot & Ankle Center today.
Nails with fungal infections don’t look like your normal toenails. The infection starts out as a tiny white or yellow spot beneath your nail and progresses to cover the entire surface. While fungal nail infections aren’t painful unless they’re particularly serious, they may appear to be:
Additionally, fungal nail infections often give off a displeasing and distinctive odor. Nail fungus almost always affects toenails and rarely appears on fingernails.
Fungal nail infections are most often caused by a type of living fungus called a dermatophyte. In less common cases, yeast or mold is the culprit. You’re more prone to getting a fungal nail infection as you age because your nails naturally weaken, making them more prone to letting fungus get under them.
Fungal nail infections can happen to anyone, often appearing after a bout of untreated athlete’s foot (another common type of foot fungus). To prevent your feet from coming into contact with fungus that could cause an infection, Dr. Tola recommends that you:
If you have diabetes or a condition that affects your immune system, you may be more prone to getting fungal nail infections. If you suspect that you’re getting a fungal nail infection, call Dr. Tola for effective treatments.
When you come to Dr. Tola to treat a fungal nail infection, she has several possible approaches. She may recommend or prescribe:
Antifungal medications may come in the form of topicals or pills. With topical medications, you must apply them diligently each evening after thoroughly washing your feet. Oral medications are to be taken as directed once or twice daily.
Dr. Tola reserves permanent nail removal for only the most severe fungal nail infection cases. She may remove the entire nail or just part of it after an injection to numb the area. Then, she covers the nail bed with ointment, gauze, and tape.
For a fungal nail infection diagnosis and fast, effective treatment, book your appointment by phone or online with Dr. Tola today.