Toenail Fungus, What You Need To Know

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a widespread issue that affects nearly 3 million Americans annually. If you’ve ever noticed yellow or white discoloration of your toenails, thick or crumbly or brittle toenails, you might be dealing with this common condition. Over time, toenail fungus can cause your nails to thicken and crumble at the edges, which not only looks unsightly but can also be painful. Fortunately, there’s hope for those suffering from onychomycosis, and Mahoney Dermatology Specialists is here to help you.

Onychomycosis is typically caused by dermatophyte fungi, although yeast and mold can also be culprits. Although it is unclear exactly how these fungi or molds are spread, they may be associated with exposure of feet to pool decks, locker rooms, or even nail salons. The good news is that early diagnosis and treatment are crucial in effectively managing toenail fungus.

When you consult with our experienced dermatologists, we will conduct a simple toenail clipping for specialized staining and a fungal culture of the debris from beneath the affected nail; both can confirm the diagnosis. Early intervention greatly increases the chances of complete clearance and healthy nail regrowth. Early treatment may also prevent the fungus from spreading to your other toenails.

Understanding Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus can be an insidious condition that not only affects your nails, but also your self-confidence. It often begins as a small, barely noticeable spot on the nail and gradually spreads. As it advances, the toenail may become discolored, thickened, and brittle. In severe cases, it can even emit a foul odor, lead to loss of toenails, or affect walking and running.

Left untreated, toenail fungus can impact your daily life, making simple activities like wearing open-toed shoes or going barefoot by the pool a source of embarrassment. Moreover, it can lead to discomfort and pain as the nails become more dystrophic and grow into nail folds or make wearing shoes difficult..

Treatment Options

At Mahoney Dermatology Specialists, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to your unique needs. These options include topical therapies, oral medications, referral for laser treatment, and occasionally nail removal. Our goal is to work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation, ensuring the most effective results.

Topical Therapies: Over-the-counter and prescription topical antifungal treatments can be effective for mild to moderate cases of toenail fungus. These medications are applied directly to the affected nail.

Oral Medications: In more severe cases, oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. These medications work from the inside out to attack the fungus. Treatment may last for 3-6 months or longer in order to achieve complete clearance, since toenails grow slowly.

The Importance of Early Treatment

Early intervention is key when it comes to toenail fungus. The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances of a full recovery with healthy nail regrowth. Early treatment also prevents the fungus from spreading to your other toenails or to other people in your household.

Don’t let toenail fungus hold you back from having healthy, beautiful nails. Take the first step toward clearer, pain-free nails by contacting us today. Our team of dermatology specialists is dedicated to providing you with the best care and treatment options available.

In Closing

Say goodbye to toenail fungus and hello to healthier, happier feet. Schedule your appointment with Mahoney Dermatology Specialists now, and step confidently into a future with fungus-free toenails. Our experienced team is committed to helping you regain your nail health and self-confidence. Don’t delay—take the first step toward healthy nails today!