If you develop nail discoloration or thickening, it could be due to a fungus infection of the nail. At Dermatology Associates, with two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, the board-certified dermatology team diagnoses your nail condition and offers treatments that restore nail health. Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today.
Fungus infection of the nail, or nail fungus, can develop in your fingernails or toenails. It’s a common infection that appears when fungi get between the nail bed and the nail itself, causing irritating or unsightly symptoms when not addressed. The Dermatology Associates team is highly trained in treating fungus that causes nail issues.
Nail fungus often appears as:
Any new or unusual symptoms involving your nails, especially your toenails, can indicate a problem. Fungal infection of the nails usually isn't painful.
Common causes and risk factors for developing fungus infection of the nail include:
About 1 in 10 people develop toenail fungus. Your risk increases if you walk barefoot in locker rooms, swimming pool decks, or public showers.
Fungus from toenails can spread to other nails, areas between your toes, your scalp, or even your groin area.
To diagnose your condition, the Dermatology Associates team discusses your symptoms and lifestyle habits, reviews your medical history, and examines your nails. They may take a sample of a nail or scrape underneath it for further analysis before tailoring your treatment plan.
To treat fungus infection of the nail, your dermatologist may recommend:
To reduce the risk of developing nail fungus in the future, keep your feet clean and dry. Don’t walk barefoot in community areas and avoid sharing shoes, towels, or other personal items.
Wear comfortable shoes, trim your toenails straight across, and call the Dermatology Associates experts at the first sign of nail irregularities.
Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today to get treated for a fungus infection of the nail.