It’s one thing to get athlete’s foot, since topical creams are generally effective and you can smear it all over your infected area. But when the fungus has found its way under your toenails or fingernails, then treatment takes on a whole new level of complexity. Nail fungus is unsightly and can be painful. And it’s difficult to treat. If your nails turn yellow or thicken, get yourself to a dermatologist or podiatrist for early diagnosis and successful treatment. And be careful in the future! Call today.
No one likes to deal with yellow, thick or crumbling fingernails or toenails. Nail fungus starts as a small yellow or white spot on your nail, usually under the tip. Then it slowly spreads deeper into the nail bed. Nail fungus may begin with one nail, but it often spreads to others.
Some choose to ignore or cover up yellowed nails, especially if there are no other symptoms. If the fungus thickens your nail noticeably, it can become painful as it pushes up against the sensitive nail bed. Your Century Medical and Dental Center top rated dermatologist needs to examine your nails before recommending a treatment. But when you visit this Brooklyn multi-discipline practice, you have access to many specialists, including a podiatrist, if you need one.
Called onychomycosis, nail fungus represents one type of nail disease. If the fungus infects the skin of your feet, it’s called tinea pedis or athlete’s foot. Initial symptoms may be virtually unnoticeable. Small, white or yellow spots or streaks develop along the underside of your nail.
As time progresses, however, the streaks grow to cover more of your nail. You may notice your nails thickening to the point that cutting your nails becomes more difficult. The nail may crack and peel. The yellowing continues, and the thickened nail may cause certain shoes to be too uncomfortable to wear.
Fungal infections result from yeast, mold and more commonly, a type of fungus called dermatophyte, which is a fungus often associated with ringworm. Aging, brittle nails allow easier access for these fungi. Older individuals also suffer from weakened immune systems and reduced blood flow. Although fungus may start as athlete’s foot, it’s unusual for nail fungus to be contagious. Some risk factors for developing concerns include:
If the nail fungus progresses without treatment, it can become painful and cause permanent damage to the nail bed and the nail. If you have a coexisting condition, such as diabetes, any fungal infections make skin infections more problematic, as blood flow is necessary for healing to happen.
Notoriously hard to treat, nail fungus options vary from over-the-counter possibilities to more aggressive prescription medications. Nail fungus, even when successfully treated, often returns. Your Brooklyn dermatologist recommends several possible treatment options, including:
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If you’ve had athlete’s foot or nail fungus in the past, you know the dangers of not having it treated. Preventative steps that keep nail fungus at bay include:
Make sure the shoes you wear are made of breathable materials. Your socks should be sweat-absorbing and clean. If you visit nail salons, make sure they meet cleanliness standards and use sterilized equipment. If you struggle with nail fungus, your Brooklyn medical specialist or podiatrist can control your symptoms and eradicate the fungal infection. Contact Century Medical and Dental Center for an appointment today!
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