Nail fungus can cause changes to your toenails, including discoloration, increased thickness, and an embarrassing odor. Get reliable treatment to clear up the infection from the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. Located in Oxnard, Palmdale, Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Camarillo, California, the team has decades of experience and advanced training to help with fungal infections and toenail issues. To schedule a visit, use the online tool or call the office today.
Nail fungus is caused by an infection underneath the toenail. Different types of fungi can cause this infection or it can spread to the toenails from an athlete’s foot infection. Nail fungus grows in warm, damp environments like locker rooms, communal showers, and swimming pools.
Nail fungus can change the appearance and shape of your nail. Common signs of nail fungus include:
Often, nail fungus can be present for years before you notice the symptoms. Nail fungus doesn’t cause any pain, so it may be overlooked. Over time, however, the appearance or odor of your toenails can become embarrassing. The changes in toenail shape and thickness may also make it difficult for shoes to fit comfortably.
Nail fungus is diagnosed based on a foot exam, samples of the nail, and blood testing. Your doctor analyzes the appearance and shape of your nail and collects a small sample of the nail for testing. Your podiatrist simply clips the sample, shaves the nail, or grinds it down for examination under a microscope or tests it with chemical substances.
Blood testing can also reveal the type of fungal infection you have based on changes in your blood. These tests help your doctor determine which course of treatment is best for you.
At Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., your doctor provides complete care for nail fungus, including topical solutions, medications, and laser treatment. Your treatment will depend on your overall health and the type of fungus causing your infection.
Initial treatment may include topical solutions and oral medications to fight off the fungal infection. With this treatment option, it can take a few months for nail fungus to clear up, so following medication instructions and instructions for at-home care is essential for a timely recovery.
Laser treatments are another option to destroy fungal infections. Laser treatments spare nail tissue from damage and can be completed in under 30 minutes. Depending on the severity of your infection, you may need one or more treatments over a 6- to 12-month period to see results.
Clear up nail fungus with treatment from the doctors at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. Call or click now to schedule your visit.