Nail Fungus Treatment in Sugar Land, TX
Find Answers to Your Nail Fungus Problems
Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, TX provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options for patients suffering from fungal nail infections. We use innovative technology to provide patients with relief. Our staff takes the time to answer any questions or concerns you have about your diagnosis and treatment. Contact us today and schedule an appointment at either one of our two convenient locations.
What Is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus occurs when fungus penetrates through the cracks of your toenails and skin in the moisture found in your shoes such as water and sweat. Once the fungus has embedded itself under your nails or skin it can lead to an infection. It’s estimated between six to nine million Americans suffer from toenail fungus.
What Are Other Possible Causes of Nail Fungal Infections Aside From Fungus?
Fungus isn’t the only thing that can lead to nail fungal infections. Every day, we are exposed to yeast and other bacteria that can cause nail fungal infections.
How Did I Get It?
Unfortunately, nearly everyone is at risk for a toe fungal infection. We are constantly exposed to the fungus that causes infection. Those with normal, healthy immune systems don’t normally have to worry but should be careful in community swimming pools, gym showers, and other family members. A fungal infection is much more likely to occur in patients with weakened immune systems, including seniors, patients undergoing chemotherapy, and those with a disease that compromises their immune system.
Can You Pick up Infections or Nail Fungus at Salons?
Yes. Toenail fungus is a transmittable infection that can be transferred from person to person in a wet, damp environment. Nail salons are an especially likely place to be exposed to toenail fungus, as many people enter these establishments throughout the day. However, just because someone has a fungal infection doesn’t mean you’re going to get infected as well. It’s crucial that you research your local nail salons to ensure they are following proper safety protocols.
What Are the Symptoms I Can See?
The most noticeable sign of fungal infection is the appearance of yellow streaks in your toenail. Other symptoms include thickened nails with whitish to yellow-brown discoloration. Your nails may become brittle and begin to grow in a different direction. You may also notice the nail lifting off the skin. If bacteria have caused the infection, you may feel pain and notice puss, redness, and swelling. Most people will only experience mild symptoms.
What Are the Possible Remedies for Nail Fungal Infections?
There are a wide variety of treatment options for a fungal infection, including topical ointments, pills, soaking solutions, and more. These treatments are designed to eliminate the fungus and reduce the spread of the infection. It’s essential that once your doctor prescribes a treatment plan, you follow it through to completion. Patience is essential as your nails grow slowly, so you may not notice immediate results.
Do I Need to Undergo Surgery?
Your doctor may recommend a surgical option to remove toenail fungal infections for patients with severe or chronic toenail infections. Before the surgery, your doctor will numb the surrounding area with anesthetics and then begin removing the infected portion of the nail. They may remove a portion of your nail or the entire thing, depending on the severity of the infection. In some situations, they may have to remove the toenail matrix responsible for allowing the nail to grow back.
What Effect Does Cold Weather Have on the Nails?
The tips of your toes and fingers require blood circulation to help contribute to nail growth. However, in colder climates or during the winter, circulation is slowed. Therefore, you may notice that your fingernails grow more slowly during colder months than during the summer and spring months. Patients with poor circulation may need to wear gloves to keep their fingers warm and improve blood flow.
Are Artificial Nails Safe?
Yes. When acrylic nails are applied by a trained professional, there is minimal risk of infection or injury. However, if the artificial nail is misused, it creates an environment that allows an infection to thrive.
What Is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy, scaly patches normally found on the knees, elbows, and scalp. There is no cure for psoriasis. Nail psoriasis can occur and is sometimes misdiagnosed as a fungal infection because the symptoms of both psoriasis and fungal nail infection are nearly identical. It’s important to have your psoriasis correctly diagnosed and treated.
Does Gelatin Strengthen Weak Nails?
There is no scientific evidence suggesting that gelatin will help strengthen soft, brittle, or fragile nails.
Trusted Nail Fungus Treatment Center
Patients in Sugar Land, TX, and the surrounding communities needing relief for fungal nail infection, choose Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. We utilize the latest tools and technology to diagnose and treat your fungal nail infections accurately. Our knowledgeable and experienced team of trusted medical professionals, led by our Board-Certified podiatrist, takes the time to answer any questions and concerns you may have about your diagnosis and treatment. Get started today by scheduling your appointment.
Why Choose Us?
- Personal Service
- Friendly Staff
- More Than a Decade of Service
- Latest Technology Used To Serve Patients
- In-House Diagnostics
- 2 Convenient Locations
- Doctor With Great Bedside Manner
- Takes The Time To Explain Things
- Board Certified In Foot Surgery & In Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery