Toenail fungus creates unsightly toenails, but it can also lead to serious medical problems if left untreated. For men and women in the greater Jackson, Tennessee, area, Podiatry Clinic of Jackson offers comprehensive care for toenail fungus. The podiatry specialists have access to advanced treatment options that can clear up an infection and restore healthy toenails. Book your visit today using the simple online scheduling tool, or call the office to check appointment availability.
Several different types of fungal organisms can infect your toenails. The most common type is called dermatophyte, but certain yeasts and molds can also infect your toenail tissue.
Toenail fungus sometimes begins with an athlete’s foot infection that spreads to your toenails. Without proper treatment, the infection can spread to your fingernails, other toenails, or even your skin.
Anyone can get toenail fungus, but some people have a higher risk level than others. Older men and women tend to develop toenail fungus at higher rates than younger people. That may be due to reduced blood flow as you age, increased exposure to fungi, and slower nail growth.
Your risk is also elevated if you have a compromised immune system, or if you have medical issues like diabetes or circulation problems. Brittle, dry, or cracked toenails also invite fungus to take hold, so proper foot care is an important step in protecting against nail fungus.
If you have a fungal infection in your toenails, you may notice white or yellow spots in the earliest stages. These tend to widen, and your toenail may become misshapen or begin to break more easily than normal.
Thick, discolored, and irregularly textured toenails are the primary signs of toenail fungus. Left untreated, your toenail can even begin to lift off of your nail bed.
Curing toenail fungus requires gaining control over fungal growth. While there are over-the-counter products marketed as cures for toenail fungus, none match the strength of the products available to medical professionals.
Your treatment path might include oral or topical antifungal medications. Topical applications can come in a cream or nail polish form, and work by slowing fungal growth from the exterior of your body. Oral medications work from the inside, killing the fungus and allowing your body to produce new, healthy toenail tissue over time.
For some advanced fungal infections, surgical removal of the affected nail is the best treatment path. That allows your podiatrist to apply antifungal medications directly to the affected areas. If your body doesn’t respond well to any of these treatments, your toenail may need to be permanently removed.
If you notice changes in your toenails, visit Podiatry Clinic of Jackson right away. Getting control of toenail fungus in the early stages can improve your treatment outcomes.