Toenail fungus is a common condition that affects both the health and appearance of your nails. If you’re struggling with unsightly toenail fungus, the specialists at Gelbmann Podiatry in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, can provide you with the right treatment. Led by David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, the team specializes in patient-centered care and works with you to determine the best solution for your condition. To speak with a podiatrist about your toenail fungus, schedule an appointment by phone or online today.
Toenail fungus is a type of infection that occurs below the surface of the nail. You get nail fungus from having contact with certain types of fungi.
The same fungus that causes Athlete’s foot also causes the most common type of toenail fungus. Toenail fungus easily spreads through contact with contaminated surfaces. Many people get toenail fungus from walking barefoot in public areas like saunas, swimming pools, and locker rooms.
Certain factors like nail injuries or having a weakened immune system can increase your risk of toenail fungus. Your risk for toenail fungus also increases as you grow older. Although nail fungus typically affects the toenails, it can also affect your fingernails.
Typically, nail fungus begins as a white or yellowish spot near the tip of the nail. As the infection spreads, it can cause your nails to become thickened, distorted, and discolored.
Over time, the nails become brittle, crumbly, and can eventually fall off. In some cases, toenail fungus produces a foul odor.
Although toenail fungus isn’t typically a serious condition, severe cases can be painful and cause permanent damage to the affected nails. Untreated toenail fungus can also lead to infection, causing serious problems for people with underlying conditions like diabetes.
Nail fungus can be difficult to treat on your own, often recurring even after successful at-home treatment. If you suffer from toenail fungus, let the foot health specialists at Gelbmann Podiatry determine the best way to restore the health and appearance of your nails.
Typically, your doctor diagnoses your nail fungus through a simple physical exam. Treating your nail fungus eliminates your symptoms and helps prevent you from spreading the infection to others.
For most cases of toenail fungus, the podiatrists at Gelbmann Podiatry prescribe an oral or topical antifungal medication.
If your condition is severe or doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, your doctor may recommend nail avulsion surgery to remove your nail plate from the affected toes.
To find out which treatment is right for your toenail fungus, call one of the offices or book an appointment online today.