Nail Fungus services offered in Sugar Land, 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, located in Sugar Land, Texas, double board-certified podiatrist Marco Vargas, DPM provides complete care for nail fungus. Book an appointment by calling our office or scheduling online today.
What is nail fungus?
What are the symptoms of nail fungus?
- Brown or yellow
- Brittle or ragged
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.
Lunula laser Therapy for Toenail Fungus
When you come for once-a-month laser therapy, one of our podiatrists will aim an intense beam of light at your infected toenails. Then, they will slowly sweep the light over your toenails to effectively kill off the fungus that hides deep in the nail bed.
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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