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What Is Toenail Fungus?

By The Laser Nail Centers
March 18, 2016
Category: Treatment Options
Tags: toenail fungus  

Also known as tinea unguium, toenail fungus is like athlete's foot that occurs underneath the nail. The most common sign is white or yellow discoloration under the tip of the toenail. Caused by a buildup of yeast, mold or fungi, toenail fungal infections are incredibly common and prevalent in warm and moist environments, like public showers and pools (helpful tip: always wear flip flops when Toenail Fungus showering at the gym!) The podiatry specialists at The Laser Nail Centers in Ashburn, Fairfax, Reston and McLean, VA want you to know more about this condition and its treatment.

Toenail Fungus Treatment in Ashburn, Fairfax, Reston and McLean

Although mild fungal infections may not present immediate symptoms, they tend to reoccur and persist when left untreated. Not sure if you have toenail fungus or if it requires treatment. Podiatry specialists advise patients to look for some of the most common symptoms:

  • nail has thickened
  • distorted shape
  • brittle and ragged texture
  • dull or darker color
  • nail separates from nail bed (process known as onychomycosis)
  • painful
  • foul odor

Treatment Options

Mild to moderate flare-ups can usually be treated with topical or oral anti-fungal treatments. Because fungal infections can spread and tend to return even after treatment, it is advisable to seek podiatry care in order to be sure that the infection has been eradicated successfully. Since fungus can also spread from nail clippers, scissors and other hygiene care instruments that may have come into contact with an infected toenail, all instruments should be thoroughly sanitized or replaced to keep the fungus from returning and spreading to the other nails.

The Laser Nail Centers in Ashburn, Fairfax, Reston and McLean also offers laser treatment to permanently remove any mold or bacteria that may be lingering between the toenail and the skin of the toe. The procedure is FDA approved and minimally invasive. People with diabetes should see a podiatrist immediately at the first sign of any toenail infection or other foot problems, as they can lead to more serious complications.

Podiatry in Ashburn, Fairfax, Reston and McLean

To learn more about laser toenail fungus treatment, or for other foot and ankle disease and injury treatment options, contact a podiatrist at The Laser Nail Centers by calling (866) 570-0496 or visit our website at thelasernailcenters.com to schedule an appointment today.

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