Nail fungus is easily spread, and once you have it, you need expert medical help to make it go away for good. If you suspect the discoloration on your nails might be fungus, board-certified podiatrists Brian M. Bowen, DPM, and Timothy J. Mineo, DPM, at Eastside Foot & Ankle offer treatments to help save your nail. The practice has two convenient locations in Portland and Gresham, Oregon. Get expert care today by calling or booking a consultation online.
Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages. The fungus often begins as a skin infection known as athlete’s foot, which starts in the nail fold at the end of your nail.
As it progresses, nail fungus causes noticeable changes in your toenails. Common signs of this condition include:
As the fungus gets worse, your nails may thicken, crumble, or fall off.
Unfortunately, nail fungus is quickly spread. Your toenails are especially vulnerable to nail fungus around damp areas where you’re likely to be walking barefoot, such as showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools.
If someone with a nail fungus walks barefoot in a locker room, for example, you can catch the fungus by simply walking barefoot in the same area.
It’s crucial to call Eastside Foot & Ankle as soon as you suspect you have nail fungus. Otherwise, the fungus can quickly spread and grow worse.
The Eastside Foot & Ankle team reviews your medical history and examines your toenails. They may take a small sample of your nail for lab tests. When caught early and treated, nail fungus should go away. In time, you’ll regrow a healthy nail.
The Eastside Foot & Ankle team creates a treatment plan based on the nature and severity of the infection. Treatments include:
In some cases, you may need minor surgery. The Eastside Foot & Ankle team may lift or detach your infected nail, apply a topical antifungal, and then place your nail back in the nail bed.
If these treatments don’t help, your doctor often recommends surgically removing the entire nail to provide a more lasting cure and prevent a deformed nail from growing back.
If you suspect you have nail fungus, it’s best to take care of the condition now to save your nail and preserve the appearance of your foot. Find out about your treatment options today by calling Eastside Foot & Ankle or booking a consultation online.