Toenail Fungus Specialist

Huntington Beach Foot Doctors

Podiatrists located in Huntington Beach, CA

Each year Americans spend millions of dollars trying to treat stubborn toenail fungus. Unfortunately, most fail because it often takes up to a year for the infection to entirely clear. If you’ve been fighting a losing battle with toenail fungus, call or make an appointment online today at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is an infection that occurs underneath the surface of your nail.

When fungi get under your nail, your nail tends to darken in color and emits a foul smell. Waste then collects beneath your nail plate causing white marks to appear and your nails to thicken, making trimming your nails difficult.

A secondary bacterial or yeast infection often accompanies toenail fungus.

What causes toenail fungus?

Nails become brittle and dry as you age, allowing in fungi that grows well in warm, moist environments. Walking around barefoot in damp areas -- including swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers -- increases your chances of getting toenail fungus, as it often starts as untreated athlete’s foot.

Other factors that increase the likelihood of you contracting toenail fungus include:

  • Reduced blood circulation
  • Weakened immune system
  • Nail bed injury
  • Pressure from shoes
  • Chronic diseases
  • Excessive perspiration

What are the symptoms associated with toenail fungus?

Symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Yellowing and thickening nails
  • Itching around your nail
  • Brittle nails with jagged edges
  • Nails become deformed and detach from your nail bed

How is toenail fungus treated?

Treatment for your toenail fungus depends on the type and severity of your infection. However, treatment often involves prescribing either topical or oral medication at your office visit. If your toenail fungus is severe, your infected nail might require removal.

Toenail fungus treatment begins with trimming your nail and scaling away the dead layers, then topical medication is prescribed.

However, if your nail is too thick for the cream to penetrate, Huntington Beach Foot Doctors can prescribe oral medication. While both methods work well, it often takes several months for the infection to clear.

In some cases, your nail might need to be removed to rapidly reduce your symptoms and allow for the use of local treatment. Additionally, permanent removal of a nail that fails to respond to other therapies cures and prevents the return of your toenail fungus.

Trying to get rid of toenail fungus without the help of Huntington Beach Foot Doctors might unnecessarily prolong your fungus. For successful treatment, call or make an appointment online at Huntington Beach Foot Doctors in Huntington Beach, California.