Fungal Nail Infections
Fungal nail infections are very common, they are also known as onychomycosis. They are mostly not serious but they can take a long time to be treated.
If you notice changes in the appearance of your nails, you can consult the best dermatologist in East New York. Please contact Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center.
Most fungal nail infections are not common. However, you may feel bothered by their appearance or you may also experience pain. Fungal nail infections can cause your nails to be discolored, thick, easily broken and they can also separate from the nail bed.
Nail fungus can cause your infected nail to change. You may notice that your infected nail has white spots. And as the infection worsens, it can also cause the nails to lift up and crumble. While some become thinner.
You will most likely notice these changes to your nails if you have nail fungus:
- Discoloration of nails, your nails can turn white, yellow, or brown. The discoloration can start at the tip of your nails and can spread, covering more of your nail.
- When your nail splits and crumbles. Your nail becomes brittle and breaks off into pieces. This can sometimes cause your whole nail to lift off.
Mostly, nail infections are caused by many different types of fungal skin infections such as:
- Athlete’s foot
- Ringworm on your foot
- Tinea pedis
The cracks in your nails or on the surrounding skin allow the germs to enter your nail and cause infection.
Anyone can get a fungal nail infection, and you may be more susceptible to nail infection especially if you have the following condition:
- A nail injury
- Foot deformity
- Weak immune system
- Fungal skin infection on another part of your body
- Venous insufficiency
Sometimes, a bacterial infection can happen on top of a fungal infection and cause serious problems, especially if you have diabetes or other health conditions that can compromise your immune system.
Fungal infection is not the only possible cause of nail problems. There are other conditions that can look similar to fungal nail infections. It is best to consult a dermatologist to have a proper diagnosis for your nail condition.
Fungal nail infections can be very difficult to cure. But treatment can be successful when it is started early, as fungal nail infection typically doesn’t resolve on its own. The best course of treatment for fungal nails is a prescribed antifungal pill taken orally. In severe cases, your dermatologist might remove your nail completely to prevent further damage. It might take several months for the infection to go away. But even after this, the infection might still come back. The infection can spread from one area to another. Make sure that you discuss this with your dermatologist to ensure that all fungal infections are well taken care of and properly treated.
In order to prevent the spread of your fungal nail infection, you should:
- Keep your hands and feet dry and clean always
- Keep your nails and toenails clean
- Don’t walk barefoot, especially in public areas like the pool and public showers
- When visiting a nail salon, make sure that you choose a place that is clean and sterilizes its instruments after each use
At Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center, we have the best dermatologists that can help you take care of your nails. As dermatology experts in East New York, we are dedicated in providing the best services. You can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11212, to schedule an appointment. You can also call us at 1-347-384-5690 or visit our website at https://www.bestbrooklyndermatologist.com.