Nail Fungus

Animas Foot & Ankle -  - Podiatry

Animas Foot & Ankle

Podiatry located in Monticello, UT

It’s easy to get a fungal infection in a toenail and have it quickly spread to other nails. If you’re concerned about an out-of-control nail fungus that isn’t responding to home remedies, the experienced podiatrists at Animas Foot & Ankle in Monticello, Utah, can give you highly effective treatments for this problem. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What Causes a Nail Fungal Infection?

A variety of fungi can infect your toenails. The most common is a fungus called dermatophyte, but yeast and mold can also cause a fungal infection. You can get a fungal infection at any age, but certain factors may increase your likelihood of getting one, such as:

  • Growing older
  • Injuring a toenail or getting toe surgery
  • Heredity
  • Weakened immune system
  • Poor circulation
  • Diabetes
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Having wet or sweaty feet for several hours a day
  • Smoking
  • Walking barefoot in public pools or locker rooms
  • Having sweaty feet in enclosed shoes many hours a day

When you’re at risk for getting a fungal infection, you can easily get one through a crack in your nail or through a small cut near your nail. The area under your toenail is a warm, moist place where fungi can thrive. From there, an infection can spread to other nails or your skin.

What are the Symptoms of a Fungal Infection?

The most common symptoms of a fungal infection are nails that appear:

  • Thicker than normal
  • Whitish-yellow or brown in color
  • Brittle and crumbly
  • Distorted
  • Soft, dry and powdery

Sometimes, debris can collect under an infected nail and lift it from the nail bed. Wearing shoes may be uncomfortable or even painful to the affected toenails.

How Does a Podiatrist Treat a Fungal Infection?

Nail fungus can be difficult to treat on your own, so it’s best to consult a professional podiatrist at Animas Foot & Ankle. They’ll take a comprehensive approach to clearing up your nail fungus by using a combination of treatments that work together for the most effective outcome. Your individualized treatment plan may include any of the following therapies:

  • Oral medications
  • Antifungal nail polish
  • Topical, medicated ointments
  • Surgery to remove a severely infected nail

Sometimes it will be necessary to remove a badly infected nail so a new one can grow in its place.

To learn more about treatment options for nail fungus, call Animas Foot & Ankle to make an appointment or book one online.

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