Fungal Infections of the Nails Treatment in Indianapolis and Carmel
Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Treatment for Fungal Infections of the Nails
People with fungal infections of the nails who are seeking treatment are seen by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist Dr. Matt Strausburg.
We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about fungal infections of the nails and how we can help.
About Fungal Infections Of the Nails
Fungal infections are a common nail disorder that can lead to permanent changes in the appearance of your nails. Fungal infections can occur on fingernails or toenails.
It is important to quickly seek treatment for fungal infections of the nails in order to minimize the chance of you having permanent nail damage.
Symptoms of Fungal Infections of the Nails
Symptoms of fungal infections of the nails will depend on the exact fungus causing the infection. A common nail fungus is ringworm. Nail changes you may notice include:
- White spots
- Nails crumble or split
- Nails getting thicker or thinner
- Debris built up under the nails
- Nail can be lifted from the nail bed
- Nail color changes – usually white, yellow, green or brown
Generally, there is no pain with early fungal nail infections, although some people may have some soreness. The symptoms usually begin slowly and become worse over time and then pain may occur. Fungal nail infections can spread to other fingernails or toenails or even to your skin on other parts of your body.
In order to get the best treatment result, it is important to see Dr. Strausburg as soon as possible.
Fungal Nail Infection Treatment
Fungal nail infection treatment usually begins with your dermatologist trimming the affected fingernail or toenail and then scraping away any fungal debris you may have underneath your nail. Common treatments for fungal infections of the nails include:
- Prescription medication applied to the nails
- Prescription medication taken by mouth
A combination of the above may be recommended. In rare cases, the treatment may not work or the infection may be too severe, and your nail may need to be removed. After nail removal, nails usually will grow back.
It is important to note that use of toenail polish or fingernail polish on top of a fungal nail infection will not make it go away.
After examining the area of concern, Dr. Strausburg will let you know the treatment that will work best for you and suggest lifestyle changes that may keep you from getting future infections.
If the infection has caused your nails to change in any way, you may need to wait for your nails to grow out to see the final treatment results. Nail growth rate varies from person to person – the average time is about 5 months for fingernails and just over a year for toenails. After a severe fungal infection, however, you nails may not look the same but will be much more comfortable.
Causes of Fungal Infections of the Nails
Fungal infections of the nails are caused by organisms called fungi which you can’t see. These fungi grow and multiply in warm and moist environments and can be transferred from one person to another very easily. So, if you walk barefoot in an area where a person with a fungal infection has walked, you can catch the disease. Common areas to pick up toenail fungus are pools, gyms, locker rooms etc… and the fungus can be transferred to fingernails by skin contact with another person who has the disease.
Additionally, you may be more likely to get a nail fungus if:
- You share towels
- You wear tight, damp or sweaty shoes daily
- You wear plastic gloves for long periods
- Your hands or feet are wet or damp for long periods
- You live in an area with high heat or humidity
- You get manicures or pedicures and the instruments are not cleaned properly
Medical Risk Factors for Fungal Infections of the Nails
Some people are more likely to get fungal nail infections. Medical risk factors include:
- Athlete’s Foot
- Organ transplant
- Poor blood circulation
- Immune system disorders
You are also more likely to get these infections if a family member gets them.
How Can I Reduce the Risk of Future Fungal Nail Infections?
- Do not go barefoot
- Keep your feet dry
- Do not wear tight shoes
- Wear clean socks every day
- Do not wear the same shoes every day
- Use anti-fungal powder in your shoes
- Wash feet daily with soap and dry thoroughly
- Keep fingernails and toenails short
- Clean personal nail equipment with alcohol
- Use a thick lotion on your feet within 5 minutes of bathing
- Do not share towels, nail clippers, shoes, ice skates or rollers skates
- Take your own nail equipment to manicure and pedicure appointments
Do You Take Insurance For Fungal Nail Infections?
Yes, we do take insurance for fungal nail infections. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine if we participate with your insurance plan.
Contact Us About Procedures and Treatments for Fungal Infections of the Nails
If you have more questions and would like further information about our procedures and treatments for fungal infections of the nails, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.
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