Discoloration and brittle nails are often signs of toenail fungus. Before you spend another day trying to hide your toes, talk to Rafael Tabari, DPM. As a leading podiatrist and founder of Signature Footcare in Flushing, New York, Dr. Tabari helps countless patients overcome issues with toenail fungus. Get started on your treatment before your toenail fungus condition worsens or spreads to your other toes.
Getting a fungal infection in your nails is more straightforward than you may realize. Plus, if you develop fungus in one toe, it quickly spreads to other toes. It's common to develop nail fungus if you frequently spend time in a warm moist environment, such as in a locker room or on a pool deck.
Because nail fungus spreads relatively quickly, you can develop a nail infection just by walking barefoot in an area where someone else was just walking around with a nail fungal infection. Sometimes nail fungus starts by being exposed to wet nails frequently.
For instance, if you sweat in your shoes and socks and stay in them all day, you’re more likely develop nail fungus. If you have a job or hobby where you expose your toenails to moisture for extended periods of time, your risk of toenail fungus goes up.
Having a nail fungal infection isn't always obvious right away. Initially, you may only notice a slight discoloration, which is usually white or yellow.
As your fungal infection worsens, your nails become thicker and harder. While less frequent, some nails thin out and become very brittle. In severe cases, nail fungus causes your nails to pull away from your toes, or crumble away in pieces.
Your nail fungus treatment plan depends on which type of fungus you have. Dr. Tabari may send off a small sample to a lab to see exactly what type of fungus is affecting you, so he knows how to treat you accordingly. Typical fungal treatments include:
If you have a severe case of nail fungus, Dr. Tabari might need to remove your toenail entirely, or part of the surrounding skin. He can perform this procedure right in the office after numbing your toe with a local anesthetic.
Usually, though, toenail removal is an absolute last resort if other treatment options haven’t been effective.
Before your case of nail fungus worsens, book an appointment with Dr. Tabari. You can schedule your visit by calling the office or using the book online feature.