After the third round of creams and sprays, youâ€™re at your witâ€™s end. Your crumbling toenails are not only painful, theyâ€™re embarrassing—and they donâ€™t seem to ever want to go away.
Why Is it So Hard to Get Rid of a Fungal Nail Infection?
Fungal infection of the nail, or onychomycosis, is caused by a fungal growth that takes root in the nail, causing pain and redness and changing the color and texture of the nails themselves. Dirt and debris will often build up underneath the nail, causing additional pain when wearing shoes or tight socks. There are many different types of fungus that can lead to nail infections, each with a variety of treatment options—and if not treated properly, the condition will often return soon after treatment ends.
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, we know that comprehensive hands-on treatment is necessary to providing lasting relief from fungal nail infection. Our nail care is aimed at curing your fungal toenails by easing your symptoms, and also in taking steps to prevent the infection from coming back. To do this, our clinic offers the following services:
- Diagnosis. Nail biopsies can determine which type of fungal infection has developed, helping us to apply the most effective solution right from the beginning. We can also take additional biopsies throughout your treatment if your condition is slow or resistant to change.
- Prescription medication. White superficial onychomycosis (WSO) fungi is more easily treated than other types of infection, as it only affects the upper layer of the nail. The nail may have white spots or a chalky powder on the nail surface, and prescription anti-fungal medication (topical or oral) often cures the condition.
- Laser treatments. The most common fungi to cause nail infection are distal subungual onychomycosis (DSO), the same fungi responsible for athleteâ€™s foot. Patients with a DSO infection often experience yellow or whitened nails, split or crumbling toenails, and even nail separation from the toe bed. These are stubborn infections that may require repeated laser treatments to resolve.
- Nail removal. For advanced or extremely painful fungal nails, it may be necessary to remove part or all of the fungal nail and allow a new nail to grow in its place.
- Patient education. Many patients suffer a recurrence of nail fungus because they are not aware of proper prevention techniques. Podiatrist Melissa Wawrzynek educates all patients on the best ways to avoid recurrence of their condition, including home health habits, footwear choices, how to reduce infection risks in public (such as at swimming pools and gyms), and other solutions to break the cycle of chronic infections.
We Can Explain Your Options to You
We can help you stop the cycle of fungal nail infection and treatment. Call us today at (610) 822-3900 to make and appointment, or fill out our quick appointment form to see if we have a same-day slot available for your visit.