Fungus Toenail Treatment in Richmond VA.
What are fungal toenails?
Fungal toenails develop when a fungus enters your body through cuts or cracks in the skin of your toes.
Different types of fungi are common in your everyday environment and thrive in damp, warm places, like sweaty socks and poorly ventilated shoes. Fungal infections can easily spread from your skin into your toenails, where they can cause symptoms like abnormally thick nails and discoloration.
If left untreated, a fungal infection can also lead to the separation of your nail from the nail bed.
What are the risk factors for fungal toenails?
While anyone can develop fungal toenails, your risk increases as you age and if you:
- Are diabetic
- Have a history of athlete's foot
- Have a weak immune system
You may also be at increased risk for fungal toenails if you walk around barefoot in public places, especially locker room showers or community pools.
How are fungal toenails treated?
Dr. Shah or Dr. Khan here at New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery in Richmond can diagnose a fungal infection during a physical exam. They may also need to scrape a sample of your toenail for further testing to determine what kind of fungus is causing the infection. This type of testing is important because some types of fungal infections can spread to other parts of your body.
Your treatment plan for fungal toenails typically involves topical or oral antifungal medications to clear the infection. Treating advanced infections may require in-office procedures to remove part or all of the nail, so it can grow back healthy. Our hightly experienced podiatry also offers comprehensive resources to prevent recurrent fungal infections.
How can I prevent fungal toenails?
Proper foot care is essential for preventing any type of toenail infection. Care involves washing your feet and between your toes daily with soap and water. You should also dry your feet thoroughly.
Dr. Shah or Dr. Khan can also show you how to properly trim your toenails to prevent ingrown toenails. Keeping your nails at a short length also helps remove unnecessary pressure that can damage your nails.
If you frequent locker rooms, pools, or other damp places, be sure to wear shoes.
For more fungal infection prevention tips or to learn more about your treatment options for fungal toenails, call New Age Foot & Ankle Surgery in Richmond at (804) 934-9340 or request a consultation online today.