What Is Nail Fungus and How Is It Treated?
Patients who have a fungal infection on their toenails or fingernails may be unsure as to the treatment options available to them. Perhaps they’ve noticed discoloration and changes to their nailbeds that are indicative of nail fungus, but over-the-counter medications were unable to treat the problem. In situations such as this, patients need to connect with the team at Sanctuary Medical Center in the area of Boca Raton, FL to schedule an appointment and speak to a professional about treatment.
What are the signs of a nail infection?
Signs of a nail infection include:
- Thickened nailbeds
- Distorted nail shape
- Nails that become ragged or brittle
- Yellow, brown, or white discoloration of the nailbeds
- Dark coloring of the underside of the nail
- Unusual smell
When should I see a doctor about nail fungus?
In most cases of nail fungus, patients can use at-home treatments such as medications available over-the-counter for fungal infections or athlete’s foot. However, when patients are noticing continued problems with their nails that might be a sign of a more serious infection, they should visit with a dermatologist to determine what treatment options are available to them. Uncontrolled nail fungus may be more responsive to prescription-strength medications and therapies.
How is nail fungus treated?
- Sciton Clearsense Cleartoe Treatment – this treatment involves passing the laser over the infected nails and surrounding skin. The laser heats the nail and nail bed with this laser energy, which results in a decrease of nail fungus and an increase in the growth of clear, healthy nail. The treatment takes less than 20 minutes.
- Medication – most patients can speak to their doctor about the use of medications to address their problems. Medications may include oral antifungal drugs, medicated nail polish, or medicated nail creams.
- Surgery – severe cases of nail fungus treatment may require surgery to remove the entire nail. This allows the doctor to apply an antifungal medication directly to the infection that resides underneath. The direct contact with the infection allows the medication to work better than with the nail in place.
- Lifestyle Changes – home remedies may include trimming the nails and keeping them clean, while using over-the-counter antifungal products. Some products may be used as a deterrent to keep fungal infections away, especially for those who experience nail fungus on their feet.
Discuss nail fungus treatment with our providers today
At Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton, FL, we welcome patients who are interested in improving their health and wellness. If you are struggling with nail fungus and have been unsuccessful in treating it with over-the-counter products, we urge you to call our practice at (561) 886-0970 to schedule an appointment. We accept new patients into our facility at 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite C100.