Nail infections are a common problem that can affect anyone, causing discomfort and pain. The most common cause of nail infections is fungus, which can cause the nail to thicken, become discolored, and even separate from the nail bed. Other causes of nail infections include bacteria and viruses.
At Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Khavari and her team are experts in diagnosing and treating nail infections. The first step is to perform a thorough examination of the affected nail to determine the cause of the infection. This may involve taking a sample of the nail and sending it for analysis in a laboratory.
Treatment options for nail infections will depend on the severity and cause of the infection. In most cases, topical or oral antibiotics are the first line of treatment. For fungal infections, antifungal medications such as terbinafine or itraconazole may be prescribed. These medications work by killing the fungus and preventing it from spreading to other nails.
In some cases, a nail infection may require an in-office procedure. For example, an ingrown toenail can become infected and cause pain and swelling. In these cases, a partial nail avulsion may be necessary to remove the infected portion of the nail and allow for proper healing.
Preventing nail infections is the best course of action. To do this, it’s important to practice good hygiene habits such as washing your hands and feet regularly, keeping your nails trimmed and clean, and wearing shoes that fit properly. If you have diabetes, it’s especially important to take good care of your feet and see a podiatrist regularly to check for any signs of infection.
If you suspect that you have a nail infection, don’t wait to seek treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the infection from spreading and causing more damage. Contact Carrollton Foot Center to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari and her team of experts today.