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, and Dr. Vanessa Marcelo, DPM provide complete care for nail fungus. Book an appointment by calling the nearest office or scheduling online today.
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.
Request a nail fungus consultation at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists if your toenails are:
You should also seek treatment for nail fungus if your toenails have a strange odor when you remove your shoes or socks.
Contact Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo 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).
To diagnose nail fungus, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo review 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 and Dr. Marcelo 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.
Treating nail fungus depends on various factors, including your age, health history, and the severity of your infection. Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo might recommend:
If you regularly experience fungal infections and your symptoms don’t improve with prescription medication, Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo might recommend removing your toenail altogether.
You can take several steps to reduce the risk of nail fungus. Dr. Vargas and Dr. Marcelo recommend 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.
To explore the various treatment options for nail fungus, make an appointment at Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office or booking online today.