Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis or tinea unguium, is an infection that develops under the surface of the toenail. If treatment isn’t sought when symptoms first present, the fungal infection can extend deeper into the nail, causing the nail thicken, become weak, and eventually fall off.
Although many patients don’t realize it, there are several types of fungus that contribute to fungal infection in the toenails, each requiring unique treatment. These include:
Because there are several different kinds of toenail fungus, and each can worsen if left untreated and put you at risk of losing a toenail, it’s important to seek diagnosis and treatment from a podiatrist as soon as you notice symptoms. The most common signs and symptoms include:
Some patients aren’t bothered by minor fungal infections and may not seek treatment, but it’s important to note that these infections are often contagious and can spread to others. Additionally, contagious fungal infections can spread to your other toenails.
While fungal nail infections are traditionally hard to treat, laser technology has provided new success for patients. Laser treatment is a highly effective non-invasive treatment for mild to severe fungal infections of the nails. Other treatments include oral or topical medications. In some severe cases, nail avulsion surgery may be recommended.
Contact Dr. Jacoby at Extremity Health Centers in Scottsdale, Arizona for more information or to schedule a consultation.
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