Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common fungal infection that affects the toenails. It is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes, which thrive in warm and moist environments such as sweaty shoes and locker rooms. Toenail fungus can cause the toenail to become thick, brittle, discolored, and even emit a foul odor. It is important to treat toenail fungus to prevent it from spreading to other toenails or even fingernails.
At Carrollton Foot Center, we offer various treatment options for toenail fungus. One of the most common treatment options is topical medication, which is applied directly to the toenail. Topical medication can take several months to show results, and it is important to follow the instructions carefully. Another treatment option is oral medication, which is taken by mouth. Oral medication is usually more effective than topical medication, but it can have more side effects and requires monitoring of liver function.
Laser therapy is another treatment option for toenail fungus, and it is becoming more popular due to its effectiveness and minimal side effects. Laser therapy targets the fungus in the toenail without damaging the surrounding skin and tissue. It is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in the office, and there is no downtime required.
Before starting any treatment, our podiatrist, Dr. Khavari, will evaluate the toenail to determine the severity of the infection and the best treatment option. It is important to note that toenail fungus can be stubborn and may require multiple treatment sessions or a combination of treatments to achieve optimal results.
In some cases, toenail fungus can cause pain or discomfort, which may require nail removal. Nail removal is done under local anesthesia in the office, and it involves removing a portion or the entire toenail. This is usually done as a last resort when other treatment options have failed, or the infection has caused significant damage to the toenail.
If you suspect that you have toenail fungus, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading. At Carrollton Foot Center, we offer comprehensive treatment options for toenail fungus, and our experienced podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for your individual needs.