Both skin and nails are susceptible to fungal infections that can cause irritation and cosmetic concerns. Nail fungus can be an aggravating condition that can infect the nail bed and lead to the loss of finger or toenails. If you have discoloration or other symptoms of nail fungus, Precision Medical Specialists has dermatology professionals that offer effective nail fungus treatment and diagnosis at our medical center in Wellington, FL.
Causes and Symptoms of Nail Fungal Infections
Nail fungal infections are common. Fungus thrives in warm, moist places. Feet in general are prone to fungal infections like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus due to exposure to showers, pools, wet socks/shoes and other risk factors. Fungus from the skin can spread to the nail beds, or you may be exposed to fungus in shared showers, shoes, pools or when getting a manicure or pedicure. Symptoms of a nail fungus infection include:
- Discoloration of the nail – part of the nail may turn white, brown or yellow
- Nail may begin to lift off the nail bed
- Nail begins to deteriorate, splitting or crumbling
- Visible debris under the nail
- Nail thickens or may become thin
Toenails and fingernails can break apart and completely come off due to nail fungus. Treatment for the fungal infection is needed to combat the fungal growth and allow a new healthy nail to grow to replace the infected nail.
Nail fungus treatment can be performed at Precision Medical Specialists by our experienced dermatologist, Dr. Katherine Chiang. First, an examination of the nail and possible testing of the nail material are performed for an accurate diagnosis. Treatment plans may include trimming and removing infected nail material, followed by topical antifungal medication, oral medications or a combination of both. Some nail fungal infections can be severe or difficult to eliminate, but with professional treatment, you can overcome these unattractive infections.
If you have symptoms of a fungal nail infection, do not wait to seek diagnosis and treatment. The longer you wait to begin treatment, the more difficult it may be to eliminate the infection; and it can spread to other nails. Contact us at Precision Medical Specialists in Wellington, FL, to schedule a nail fungus consultation with Dr. Chiang.