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What is Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus is a fungal infection that develops under the body’s nails and is more common in toenails than in fingernails. This is because the feet are covered by shoes, which create the optimal environment for the growth of fungi.

The fungi that cause the development of nail fungus are called dermatophytes, which are microscopic organisms that thrive in warm, moist environments. Yeasts and mold are other, though less prominent, causes of nail fungus.

What does Nail Fungus look like ?

Nail fungus symptoms are usually easy to detect and include:

  • Debris beneath the nail
  • Spots under the nail, usually white or yellow
  • Darkening of the nail
  • Foul-smelling toe, finger, or nail
  • Thickening nail
  • Pain in the nail

What causes Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus has no ethnic, geographic or gender preference. It is generally contracted by people who walk barefoot in moist or wet areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, showers and other similar environments. An injury to the nail can exacerbate the problem by providing the fungus with an easier entry point to the nail bed.

People who wear shoes and whose feet perspire excessively can create the warm, dark and moist environment favored by the fungi. Others at risk for nail fungus include diabetics and those with circulatory problems.

What can treat Nail Fungus ?

Contrary to what logic may dictate, a topical application to the fungal area is not always the first recommended option. Instead, your dermatologist may opt for an oral antifungal medication with proven effectiveness, such as terbinafine or itraconazole.

Topical medications may be recommended; however, they are usually used in conjunction with an oral medication.

In cases of severe nail fungus, surgery may be in order. The chief indications for surgery include severe nail pain or nail fungus that has not responded to other treatment.

Get Nail Fungus treatment at Mequon, Wisconsin

This Forefront Dermatology clinic, is led by board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Bonfiglio, offering Nail Fungus treatment to the residents of Mequon, Wisconsin.

Call (262) 240-0440 or fill out the consult form to request your appointment today.

Have questions about Nail Fungus? Contact us for a consult.