Nail Fungus

Nail Fungus services offered in Sugar Land and Katy, TX

Nail fungus is one of the most common foot problems, affecting up to 1 in 10 people. While it typically isn’t serious, nail fungus can affect the health and appearance of your toenails if left untreated. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, with locations in Sugar Land and Katy, Texas, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM provides complete care for nail fungus. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.

What is nail fungus?

Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a fungal infection of your toenails. Often, the fungi look like a small white or yellow dot. As the infection spreads, it infiltrates your nail tissue, causing your nails to thicken, change color, and crumble. Anyone can experience nail fungus, but it’s prevalent in people with diabetes and other circulatory issues. If you have nail fungus, seek treatment immediately.

What are the symptoms of nail fungus?

Request a nail fungus consultation at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists if your toenails are:
  • Thick
  • Brown or yellow
  • Brittle or ragged
  • Distorted
You should also seek treatment for nail fungus if your toenails have a strange odor when you remove your shoes or socks.

When should I seek treatment for nail fungus?

Contact Dr. Vargas if you have thick, discolored, or crumbly toenails that don’t improve with at-home treatments like over-the-counter ointments or lotions. 

That’s especially true if you’ve been diagnosed with an underlying health problem that affects your circulation, like diabetes or peripheral artery disease (PAD).

How is nail fungus diagnosed?

To diagnose nail fungus, Dr. Vargas reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms. Next, he examines your toenails, looking for signs of infection, like discoloration, thickness, or crumbling.

Nail fungus is visible, but Dr. Vargas might also collect nail clippings and send them to a nearby lab to determine the type of fungus you have. After confirming the diagnosis, he makes treatment recommendations.

How is nail fungus treated?

Treating nail fungus depends on various factors, including your age, health history, and the severity of your infection. Dr. Vargas might recommend:

  • Oral antifungal drugs
  • Medicated nail polish
  • Prescription nail cream
  • Removing a portion of the nail
 

If you regularly experience fungal infections and your symptoms don’t improve with prescription medication, Dr. Vargas might recommend removing your toenail altogether.

What can I do to reduce my risk of nail fungus?

You can take several steps to reduce the risk of nail fungus. Dr. Vargas recommends washing your hands and feet regularly, wearing moisture-wicking socks that absorb your sweat, and wearing shoes that allow your feet to breathe. If you spend time in public facilities, like locker rooms or spas, you should wear shoes, like flip-flops or sandals.

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Client Testimonials

Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
2022-11-03
Everyone was very kind and professional. The wait time was a bit long
Steven Martin
Steven Martin
2022-11-03
Wonderfully, efficient and informative.
Cheryl Wilkins
Cheryl Wilkins
2022-11-01
The Dr. Vanessa Marcelo was extremely professional, she had a good friendly disposition. She was accurate about my diagnosis. I felt confidence in her care. Thanks to all the front staff for being friendly as well.
Claire Stelly
Claire Stelly
2022-10-28
Dr. Marcelo and Debra took excellent care of me. When I hobbled in with severe Heel Bone Spur/ Plantar Fasciitis they knew just what to do immediately and gave me a plan of action.
Cinthia Duarte
Cinthia Duarte
2022-10-27
I highly recommend Vargas Foot and Ankle Specialists! Amazing Doctors and staff. Everyone is very professional and caring. Got fitted for custom orthotics and they work miracles on my flat feet.
Manuela Valencia
Manuela Valencia
2022-10-24
This is the best podiatrist I have ever been. DR.Vargas truly cares about his patients and wants to help them in any way possible.  I would highly recommend him. The best foot doctor. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
John Vanison
John Vanison
2022-09-21
Nafisa Bandukwala
Nafisa Bandukwala
2022-09-19
Lay Caraway
Lay Caraway
2022-09-16
Mary Bass
Mary Bass
2022-09-16
Excellent
Helen H.
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I cannot fault my experience here. It was my first time at a foot specialist. Dr Marcielo was delightful, proficient and talked me gently through the procedure. Melanie the nurse was equally kind and caring. They even called me the next day to check on me. First class!
Claudia Q.
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Dr Vargas gave me back my health... my foot was very painful that i could barely walk and I couldn’t even drive. He recommended 8 laser treatments and orthotics and after the 3rd laser treatment I was able to drive. The orthotics he gave me are amazing!!! That is all I use in all my shoes now.
Robin C.
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Staff is always professional and personal. I've been going there for about 10 yrs now and I have always been happy with all results. Dr. Vargas and associates are always thorough and listen to my explanations. Thank you all
Sam B.
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Dr. Vargas and all his staff from the front desk to the back office have always been very professional and very helpful and doing all with a smile. Thank you Dr. Vargas to you and all your staff
Larry J.
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This was my first time visit. They came highly recommended and I will be coming back for my complete foot care going forward. Great service.
Mery V.
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Best Doctor in Houston! Thanks Dr Vargas for the surgical intervention, for you I am already walking. Everyone in your office is super nice and super quick to serve me. Super clean office. Really the knowledge of the Doctor is the best. A bilingual Dr who speaks perfect my Spanish language. I recommend it.