If you’re middle-aged or older, or you regularly walk around barefoot at public facilities like locker rooms or swimming pools, you’re at risk of developing nail fungus. Left untreated, nail fungus can spread to multiple toes and increase your risk of other more serious complications. At his eponymous practice in the Gramercy area of Manhattan, New York City, board-certified podiatrist, Lionel G. Hausman, DPM, regularly works with patients to diagnose and treat nail fungus. If your toenails are bothering you, request an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Nail fungus is a common podiatric condition that causes your toenails to thicken, discolor, and crumble. Nail fungus usually responds to conservative treatments such as over-the-counter ointments and self-care, but if you have diabetes or another chronic condition, it’s more likely to progress and spread to your other toes.
The symptoms of nail fungus depend on the severity of your infection. Telltale signs of nail fungus include:
As nail fungus spreads to other toes, you might also notice a foul odor emanating from your feet, socks, or shoes.
Nail fungus affects people from all walks of life, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience nail fungus as a result of chronic conditions. Common causes of nail fungus include diabetes, a weakened immune system, and circulatory problems.
If your nail fungus doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments and your affected nail becomes increasingly discolored, thick, or deformed, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. This is particularly true if you have a chronic condition like diabetes. Without proper treatment, nail fungus may cause more serious complications.
To diagnose nail fungus, Dr. Hausman examines your feet, toes, and toe nails. He also takes a series of nail clippings and scrapes under your nail to gather a sample for further testing. Dr. Hausman sends your sample to a laboratory that identifies the type of fungus causing your infection.
Treatment for nail fungus depends on the type of fungus causing your symptoms and the severity of your condition. Whenever possible, Dr. Hausman recommends conservative treatments such as oral antifungal drugs, medicated nail polish, and medicated nail cream.
If these measures don’t provide significant relief, you might benefit from surgical intervention. During surgery for nail fungus, Dr. Hausman temporarily removes your nail and applies an antifungal treatment directly to the infection under your nail.
Don’t let itchy toes or brittle nails negatively affect your quality of life. Request a nail fungus consultation at Lionel G. Hausman, DPM, today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.