Crumbly, brittle, discolored, warped, and otherwise awful-looking toenails are often affected by toenail fungus. This type of fungus is frustratingly persistent, which is why you need help from the professionals at Caring Podiatry in Neptune and Monroe Township, New Jersey. The skilled podiatrists offer treatments to permanently end the fungal nail frustrations, so book your appointment online or by calling the office nearest you today.
Toenail fungus is a fungal infection that's trapped under your nail. Toenail fungus usually affects the big toe, but it can easily spread to your other foot and/or your other toes. This type of infection is quite persistent and is hard to treat with over-the-counter remedies, so it's important to reach out to the Caring Podiatry specialists when you notice fungal toenail symptoms.
Toenail fungus changes a nail's appearance, often drastically. Some of the most common characteristics of toenail fungus are:
In addition to the obvious visual symptoms, you could also smell a foul odor from the nail. In severe cases, your nail might partially separate from the skin and could leak pus.
Toenail fungus comes from a fungal infection. There are several kinds of fungi that cause toenail fungus, but the most common is dermatophytes, a fungi that causes athlete's foot.
You can get toenail fungus whenever you have an entry point in your skin, so any tiny cut on your foot could allow the fungus to enter. Fungi grow in moist, warm, places like public swimming pools and gym locker rooms, so remember to wear sandals or other shoes instead of walking barefoot.
For new fungal nail infections, your Caring Podiatry provider may prescribe a topical treatment and/or oral antifungal medication like terbinafine (Lamisil®) or itraconazole (Sporanox®). Additionally, you may need to learn new ways to trim and otherwise care for your nails while they're still infected.
Caring Podiatry also offers an all-in-one fungal toenail treatment called Tolcylen™. This unique treatment includes medication to heal the fungal infection as well as nail renewal medication that helps you regrow a healthy new nail. The delivery system has a convenient brush-on applicator to make it easy to use.
The Caring Podiatry specialists also use the Q-Clear™ laser, an NdYAG laser that uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver high-power bursts of energy that destroy the nail fungus. The laser passes through the nail and straight into the fungus, which means your nail and surrounding skin aren't damaged. Often, the Q-Clear laser is the most effective way to get rid of toenail fungus, especially if it's a recurring problem for you.
Call the Caring Podiatry office nearest you, or click the online scheduler to get help for toenail fungus now.