Nail Fungus

Animas Foot & Ankle -  - Podiatry

Animas Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located in Farmington, NM & Monticello, UT

Nail fungus is a cosmetic problem that can often become painful. The podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle offer a range of treatment methods for nail fungus. The right highly individualized podiatric care can improve your foot health and effectively treat your nail fungus. Schedule online or call the Farmington, Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos, or Los Alamos, New Mexico, location today.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What is Nail Fungus?

Toenail fungus usually starts as a yellow or white spot at the end of your nail plate. It can cause your nail to thicken, discolor, and crumble at the edges.

Multiple nails can be affected with nail fungus, and while it isn’t contagious between people, the infection can spread between toes. Most nail fungus doesn’t come along with any other symptoms, but some people experience pain or consider it a cosmetic problem.

Athlete’s foot occurs if the fungus infects areas between your toes.

What are the Symptoms of Nail Fungus?

You might have nail fungus if your toenails are:

  • Discolored or turning white, brown, or yellow
  • Thickened
  • Crumbling and brittle
  • Distorted
  • Releasing a foul odor

Not all thickened, deformed, or discolored nails are caused by fungal infections. The appearance of your nails may stem from birth defects, trauma, the use of certain drugs and medications, circulatory complications, or other medical conditions.

What Causes Nail Fungus?

Fungal nail infections don’t spread through your bloodstream and are limited to your nails and skin. The infections might be due to various fungal organisms, or fungi. Dermatophyte is the most common type of fungus.

The cause of nail fungus isn’t clear, but certain factors might play a part, such as:

  • Yeast and mold
  • Small bone spurs under the toenail
  • Reduced blood circulation to the feet
  • Weakened immune system
  • Excess sweating
  • Walking barefoot in swimming pools and other communal areas
  • Psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • A minor skin or nail injury
  • Diabetes

Fungal nail infections are more common in older adults.

How is Nail Fungus Treated?

Your Animas Foot & Ankle podiatrist evaluates your toenail and might obtain a fungal culture test to make sure it is a fungus. Depending on your situation, your podiatrist might recommend a number of treatments for your toenail fungus, such as:

  • Long-term oral medications
  • Prescription or over-the-counter antifungal topical medications
  • Surgical removal of the fungus and nail plate
  • Laser treatment
  • Thinning and trimming the nails
  • Medicated nail polish

Your podiatrist might also suggest healthy lifestyle changes to help you fight off the fungal infection, such as stress management, optimal nutrition, and regular appropriate exercise.

If your fungal infection isn’t treated properly it can lead to cellulitis – the inflammation of subcutaneous connective tissue. To learn about toenail fungus and receive top quality podiatric care, call Animas Foot & Ankle or click to schedule online.

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