Definition and Diagnosis of Onychomycosis
Onychomycosis, commonly known as a fungal nail infection, unveils itself as a subtle yet persistent condition that warrants attention. This ailment occurs when fungi, often dermatophytes, yeast, or molds, invade the toenails, leading to a range of symptoms. The definition lies in the gradual discoloration, thickening, and distortion of the affected nails. Diagnosing onychomycosis involves a careful examination by a podiatrist who may analyze nail samples under a microscope or through a culture to identify the causative fungi. The condition, often exacerbated by warm, moist environments, compromised immunity, or pre-existing nail injuries, can be challenging to eradicate. Early detection and prompt intervention are vital for effective management. Understanding the nuances of onychomycosis empowers individuals to seek timely medical assistance, initiating targeted treatments and preventive measures for healthier, fungus-free nails. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you successful treatment options in addition to effective preventive methods.
If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
- Warped or oddly shaped nails
- Yellowish nails
- Loose/separated nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
- Brittle, broken, thickened nail
If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.
In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.
In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.