Fungal toenails aren’t just displeasing to look at, they can also become brittle, foul-smelling, and spread to your other toes. At her practice in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Javeria Hussaini, DPM, uses both conservative and advanced treatments to destroy nail fungus at the source. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hussaini, call Northern California Foot and Ankle Center or book online today.
Nail fungus is an infection that starts as a small white or yellow spot in the nail that typically grows and spreads without treatment. While fungus can affect your fingernails, it’s far more common in your toenails, where it has a chance to grow in a warm, moist environment.
Much like the fungal infection Athlete’s foot, fungal toenails can cause increasing discomfort without treatment.
Some of the early signs and symptoms of fungal toenails include:
The longer you wait to treat a fungal toenail, the more difficult it is to completely eliminate the infection. To save your nails from further damage, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Hussaini.
Dermatophyte, a type of fungus, is the most common cause of fungal toenails. Fungus can penetrate your nails through small cracks and breaks.
These fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, so you’re more likely to get fungal nails if you walk around a pool or gym locker room barefoot. You’re also at an increased risk of a fungal infection if you reuse socks that you’ve already worn.
Older adults are especially at risk of nail infection, as your toenails tend to thicken, leaving them more prone to cracks and breaks.
It’s important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hussaini right away if you have diabetes and suspect you have fungal toenails. Diabetes causes poor blood circulation, which slows healing, but early intervention can prevent your infection from spreading and worsening.
After a comprehensive evaluation and review of your medical history, Dr. Hussaini can determine the right treatment for your fungal toenails.
Oral antifungal medications are typically the first treatment for toenail fungus, as they aim to clear your infection and usually work more quickly than topical ointments. Dr. Hussaini may also recommend a medicated nail polish to use to treat your infected nail and the surrounding skin.
If necessary, Dr. Hussaini can perform a surgical procedure to temporarily remove your fungal toenail. After removing the nail, she applies antifungal medication to the skin underneath to completely clear the infection.
Don’t wait to treat your fungal toenails. The earlier you seek treatment, the better your outcome. To learn more, call Dr. Hussaini, or book an appointment online today.