Toenail fungus is a common and contagious infection. If your toenails are thick, yellow, or crumbling, make an appointment with experienced podiatrist Eric Peters, DPM, in White Plains, New York. Dr. Peters offers expert treatment to get rid of your toenail fungus and restore the health and appearance of your toes. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today for expert toenail fungus treatment.
Toenail fungus is an infection caused by dermatophytes, a type of mold that feeds off the keratin found in your nails. Fungal toenail infections occur when the dermatophyte gets between your nail and the nail bed (the soft tissue under your nails).
White spots on your toenails are the earliest signs of a toenail fungus. As the infection progresses, your toenails can change color, becoming white, yellow, or brown. Your nails may also look chalky or cloudy.
When untreated, a toenail infection can thicken your nails. As the nail becomes misshapen, it can separate from your nail bed. Fungal toenails also become brittle and can crack or break.
Fungal toenail infections are very contagious and spread through indirect contact. Some of the most common places that you could pick up a toenail fungus are:
Toenail fungi thrive in warm, wet environments, which is why pools, showers, and locker rooms are such breeding grounds. If you have any cut or break in your toenail, the fungus can easily get beneath your toenail and begin to multiply.
Your podiatrist offers several toenail fungus treatments. Depending on your condition and overall health, they may suggest:
Your podiatrist may also suggest KeryFlex® treatment to restore the appearance of your toenail. Even after the fungal infection is gone, your toenails may look unattractive.
KeryFlex is an in-office treatment to restore the appearance of your nails. The treatment is similar to an artificial nail but includes an ingredient used to treat fungal infections. The nonporous resin protects your natural nail as it grows.
You can take steps to reduce your risk of fungal toenail infections. First, always wear shower shoes at public pools, showers, and locker rooms. Make sure to keep your feet and toes clean and dry.
It also helps to trim your toenails straight across carefully. This reduces the risk of ingrown toenails and other minor injuries that could let the fungus in.
Call Eric Peters, DPM, today or make an appointment online for expert treatment for fungal toenails.