Why You Should Always Seek Medical Attention for a Fungal Nail Infection

Fungal nail infection, or onychomycosis, is a dermatological condition characterized by dermatophyte fungus or candida yeast, either underneath or inside the toenails. Because this condition can lead to pain and discomfort, severe swelling, spreading infection, discharging pus, and fever, it’s important to contact your doctor in the early stages of infection.

At Animas Foot & Ankle, we believe in the importance of preventive care and in providing you with the information you need to identify nail fungal infection.

How to identify a fungal nail fungal in the early stages

There are some indicators of a fungal nail infection. They include:

You may also have a higher risk of contracting a fungal nail infection if you’re older, have diabetes, regularly experience cracked nails, or often experience cases of athlete’s foot.

Preventing nail fungal infection

There are many ways to prevent toenail fungus. This is ideal, as treatment can be much more difficult than prevention. This is another reason that it’s important to identify infection in its early stages. Some good prevention methods include:

How your doctor will treat a fungal nail infection

Treating fungal nail  infections requires a multi-faceted approach. For this reason, your doctor may prescribe a combination of oral and topical fungal therapies, including:

Keep in mind that it’s possible for treatment to take months for results to appear. Even after treatment, preventive care is important as repeat infections are fairly common. In severe cases of a fungal nail infection, your doctor might prescribe surgery or temporary removal of your nail. If this is ineffective, permanent removal might be necessary.   

What to do if you suspect a fungal nail infection

At Animas Foot & Ankle, we make the health of your nails and feet our priority. Our physicians, Dr. Bryan Broadbent and Dr. Nicholas Hugentobler, have served more than 10,000 patients and have treated several advanced foot and ankle issues. We like to catch issues like fungal nail infections in their early stages, before they become chronic issues.

Visit our website to find more information and to schedule an appointment online at your convenience.  

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