Toenail fungus affects 20% of all Americans, and by age 60, 75% of adults experience this frustrating problem. If your nail looks white, yellow, ragged, or thicker than usual, it’s time to see skilled podiatrists Heidi Godoy, DPM, and Johanna Godoy, DPM, at Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle. The experienced doctors can administer fungal nail care right away to help you clear your infected nail quickly. Call the Wayne, New Jersey, office or book your visit online today.
Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection caused by fungal organisms, mold, or yeast. A toenail fungus usually starts in the skin beneath the toenail and then spreads to the nail plate above.
The most common way to develop toenail fungus is through direct contact with the fungus. Usually, this happens in communal areas like swimming pools or public showers when you're not wearing shoes.
You can also get toenail fungus from nail clippers or other unsterilized pedicure tools. Any tiny skin break or opening can allow the fungus to enter.
You're more vulnerable to nail fungus as you age because it's normal for nails to weaken and dry out over time. Brittle nails are more susceptible to tiny cracks that fungi can penetrate easily.
Diabetics are also prone to nail fungus due to poor blood circulation and nerve damage. Both of these factors allow for foot damage (and thus an entry point for fungi) that you might not be aware of.
The most common symptoms of a fungal toenail include:
In some cases, toenail fungus may cause the nail to lift slightly, partially separating from the nail bed.
If you notice these symptoms, don't wait for help. The Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle team has effective solutions that can clear your fungal nail.
Often, treatment begins with testing. Your podiatrist scrapes a small amount of the fungus for lab analysis. Then they recommend treatment based on the exact kind of nail fungus and its severity.
Common treatment approaches for fungal nails include:
In severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend removing the infected nail completely so they can apply a topical treatment directly to the affected skin. Then, your nail can grow back clear and healthy.
Fungal toenails are highly treatable. The faster you reach out to Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle, the sooner you can reclaim healthy nails. Call the office or use the online scheduler for help today.