Toenail fungus can be an unsightly and uncomfortable condition whether it affects just a single nail or multiple nails. To clear up the infection and prevent it from returning, see the podiatry team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, with locations in Mesquite, Rowlett, Wylie, Forney, or Kaufman, Texas. The team provides effective and reliable care so you can get rid of the infection and have healthy nails again. To book an appointment, call or schedule online today.
Toenail fungus isn’t always obvious, though possible signs include:
In some cases, toenail fungus can lead to foot odor and infections, which could spread the fungus to your bloodstream if left untreated.
Toenail fungus is an infection of the toenails by tinea pedis, or athlete’s foot. If athlete’s foot is left untreated it can spread to one or more toenails, making it much harder to treat.
Fungal nail infections typically take longer to treat than athlete’s foot, though the team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists has a variety of treatment options.
Since toenail fungus can be difficult to treat with over-the-counter creams or sprays, the podiatry team recommends prescription topical or oral antifungal medications to treat the infection.
In some cases, removal of the nail is necessary to treat the infected area. Removal allows your nail to grow back healthy without any of the previous deformity, which can make wearing shoes difficult or uncomfortable.
The team can advise you on specific steps you can take to avoid athlete’s foot and fungal nail infections. Proper foot care includes:
If you have athlete’s foot and want to prevent it from spreading to your nails, the team can recommend an over-the-counter antifungal cream or spray to clear up the fungal infection on your skin.
Be sure to follow your podiatrist’s recommendations for use of the antifungal agent to be sure the infection clears up completely before you discontinue use.
Have your nails evaluated and treated for toenail fungus by calling Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC or booking an appointment online.