Nail Fungus Treatment

Located in Alpharetta, Buckhead, East Cobb, Midtown, and serving the surrounding areas of Atlanta and Marietta, Dermatology Affiliates offers nail fungus treatment, which requires the assistance of a board-certified dermatologist.

What Is Nail Fungus?

Also known as onychomycosis, nail fungus is a relatively common condition that affects both the fingernails and, more predominately, the toenails. This fungal infection of the nail bed can be identified by its telltale symptoms such as yellowing or darkening of the nails, crumbling, and thickening. Nearly 10 percent of the population is impacted by this condition.

What Causes Nail Fungus?

The development of nail fungus is highly dependent on the environment, and those at particular risk are people who frequent warm, moist areas. When there is direct contact with the feet or hands, the fungus can infiltrate the skin through even the smallest cuts, which are common on both toenails and fingernails.

What Are the Symptoms of Nail Fungus?

Fortunately, the symptoms of nail fungus are easy to recognize, allowing you to quickly address the issue. They include:

  • Debris lodged beneath the nail
  • Pain or thickening of the nail
  • Foul odor coming from the nail
  • Darkening of the nail or yellow or white spots present

Who Gets Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus can happen to anyone. However, more cases occur more in men than women. Others who are at an increased risk of developing this condition include:

  • Diabetics
  • The elderly
  • Those with high blood pressure
  • Those with compromised immune systems
  • Those with athlete's foot

How is Nail Fungus Treated?

If you believe you may have nail fungus, rest assured there are cures. When officially diagnosed by a board-certified dermatologist, you will likely be treated with prescription medicine such as a topical anti-fungal solution. You may even be prescribed oral anti-fungal medication. It's best to see a doctor as soon as possible as more serious cases could require surgery to completely remove the impacted nail and allow a new one to take its place.

Can I Prevent Nail Fungus Infections?

It's not quite accurate to say nail fungus infections can be prevented. A better way of thinking about it is that they can be avoided. To limit your chances of becoming impacted, you should:

  • Dry your feet thoroughly after showering and especially before putting on closed shoes
  • Practice proper hand and foot hygiene
  • Avoid cutting fingernails and toenails too short to avoid cuts
  • Properly clean and sanitize pedicure and manicure equipment
  • Avoid sharing pedicure and manicure tools
  • Always wear shoes in places such as a public bathroom or locker rooms
  • Avoid the use of false toenails as they trap moisture

What Should I Do if I Think I Have a Nail Fungus?

Immediate treatment is very important if you think you may have toenail or fingernail fungus. It's easier to get the problem under control during the early stages. Treatment time is shorter, and you have a diminished chance of having to undergo surgery.

What is the Cost of Nail Fungus Treatment?

The cost of nail fungus treatment varies, as there are different degrees of severity to the condition. When you come in for an initial consultation, we will go over the various treatment options that will be best suited for your individual situation, and the costs can be estimated during this time. Furthermore, we can evaluate your insurance plan to determine how much out-of-pocket expense you can expect before any work is done.

What Do I Do to Get Started with Treating My Nail Fungus?

Addressing the issue in a timely fashion is recommended, so call our office today. One of our skilled, board-certified dermatologists will consult with you to explore treatment options. At Dermatology Affiliates, we pride ourselves in our individualized nail fungus treatment service for those in the Atlanta and East Cobb area. Our advanced skills and state-of-the-art equipment can provide you optimal solutions to improve your self-esteem and overall appearance, so contact us today.