Monroe Foot & Ankle Care
Elliott M. Perel, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist & Board Certified Foot Surgeon located in Jamesburg, NJ
Toenail fungus is often unsightly and can make you feel self-conscious. If you develop toenail fungus that doesn’t go away, podiatric physician and surgeon Elliott Perel, DPM, FACFAS, and his team at Monroe Foot & Ankle Care in Jamesburg, New Jersey, serving patients in the Monroe Township area, have solutions. They offer multiple toenail fungus treatments to meet your personalized needs. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to learn more today.
Toenail Fungus Q&A
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus is a nail infection that enters your toes through cuts in the skin or cracks in your toenails. It can cause nail thickening and discoloration. While toenail fungus might not be painful, it can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?
If you experience certain signs or symptoms, toenail fungus might be to blame. It can cause toenails that are:
- Whitish or yellow in color
- Thicker than normal
- Foul smelling
Severe toenail fungus might be painful, cause infection, spread to other areas of your body, or cause permanent toenail damage.
What are the risk factors of toenail fungus?
Your risk of developing toenail fungus increases if you have a weak immune system, diabetes, athlete's foot, or you smoke, sweat heavily, or spend a lot of time in water. Circulation problems, minor nail or skin injuries, psoriasis, and walking barefoot in communal areas also boosts your risk of getting toenail fungus.
How is toenail fungus diagnosed?
To diagnose toenail fungus, your Monroe Foot & Ankle Care specialist reviews your symptoms and examines your toenails. They might send nail clippings to a lab to find out which type of fungus you have and develop a personalized treatment plan.
How is toenail fungus treated?
Depending on the type and severity of your toenail fungus, the team at Monroe Foot & Ankle Care might recommend:
- Topical creams or lacquer
- Oral medications
- Laser therapy
- Surgical procedures
In severe cases of toenail fungus, your provider might recommend removing the nail. They first numb the area so you don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure.
How can I prevent toenail fungus?
To help prevent toenail fungus from developing, keep your toenails clean and dry. Wear shoes with good ventilation, change damp socks regularly, and don’t walk barefoot in locker rooms, public showers, and other communal areas.
Don’t live with unlightly toenail fungus that embarasses you or is painful. Visit Monroe Foot & Ankle Care at the first sign of toenail fungus to prevent it from spreading and worsening. Schedule an appointment by phone or online for treatment today.