Fungus Toenails

Stockdale Podiatry Group -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Stockdale Podiatry Group

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists located in Bakersfield, CA & Delano, CA & Porterville, CA

Fungus toenails are a common problem that affects about 20% of the general population. Without early diagnosis and treatment, fungal infections can damage your nails and increase your risk of more serious complications. At Stockdale Podiatry Group in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the skilled team of podiatrists provides safe, effective treatment for fungus toenails. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the nearest office today.

Fungus Toenails Q & A

What are fungus toenails?

Fungus toenails, or onychomycosis, cause your nails to change color, thicken, and crumble. Initially, the infection appears as a small white spot on a single nail. But over time, it quickly spreads. 

Mild cases of fungus toenails typically respond to conservative at-home treatments. If your nails begin to break off or flake away, contact Stockdale Podiatry Group right away.

What are the symptoms of fungus toenails?

You may have fungus toenails if one or more of your nails are:

  • Thickened 
  • Yellow or brown 
  • Brittle, crumbling, or ragged 
  • Distorted in shape

As the fungal infection spreads, you might also notice that your toes and toenails emit a foul odor.

When should I see a doctor about fungus toenails?

Make an appointment with the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group if your nails don’t respond to over-the-counter creams or ointments. That is especially true if you have a medical condition that affects circulation to the feet like diabetes.

Who is at risk of experiencing fungal toenails?

Fungal toenails affect people of all ages, races, and genders, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Being 65 or older
  • Sweating heavily
  • Poor circulation
  • History of athlete’s foot
  • Having diabetes or a weakened immune system

You’re also more likely to develop fungal toenails if you walk barefoot in communal areas like saunas, locker rooms, or swimming pools.

How are fungal toenails diagnosed?

To diagnose fungal toenails, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines your toes and toenails. 

Typically, visual observation is enough to make a diagnosis, but the team might also clip a sample of your nails and send them to the on-site pathology lab for further testing.

How are fungal toenails treated?

Treatment of fungal toenails depends on the severity of your infection and the type of fungus causing it. 

Whenever possible, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group recommends conservative measures like oral antifungal drugs, medicated nail polish, cryosurgery, medicated nail cream, or treatment with the in-office antifungal laser. 

If your infection persists or gets worse, the team might recommend partially removing your nail. To do this, the team removes the affected portion of the nail and applies an antifungal treatment to your nail bed. If you have a severe or extremely painful infection, the team might recommend removing the nail altogether.

To receive treatment for fungal toenails, request a consultation at Stockdale Podiatry Group. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.