When microscopic fungi enter your nails through the smallest of cracks or breaks, you can develop a fungal nail infection. If your nails are brittle, discolored, and breaking easily, schedule a toenail fungus evaluation at ToeOp in Tomball, Texas. You can book an appointment right through the website or you can call the office directly to schedule a visit.
Toenail fungus is one of the most common nail issues podiatrists treat (aside from ingrown toenails). As the name implies, toenail fungus is an infection that stems from fungal organisms. These fungi can sneak in through small cracks in your nails or surrounding skin tissue.
But not everyone who comes into contact with fungi — which lurk in warm, dark, moist areas — develops a fungal nail infection. Fungal nails are most common among men and women who have:
The more time you spend walking barefoot in gym locker rooms, saunas, or pool areas, where fungi hide, the higher your risk of developing a fungal nail infection.
Toenail fungus leads to a wide variety of signs and symptoms. In the early stages, you might just notice some white dots forming on your toenails. As those fungal invaders spread — they thrive on keratin proteins in your nails — you may start experiencing:
Sometimes, toenail fungus infections become so severe, they make your nails fall off or chip away in pieces, which can be seriously painful. Before your toenail fungus condition gets any worse or spreads to your fingernails, schedule an evaluation at ToeOp.
The most effective toenail fungus treatment for your needs just depends on the severity of your infection and your overall health. Your fungal nail treatment plan from ToeOp could include one or more of the following solutions:
At ToeOp, you can also expect one-on-one counseling to learn how to manage your toenail fungus and how to prevent a future nail infection. For instance, it’s important to wear flip-flops or shower shoes in communal areas and to wash and dry your feet daily.
If you’re experiencing a case of toenail fungus, schedule an exam at ToeOp right away. You can conveniently book either online or over the phone.