Toenail fungus can make you self-conscious about your feet. But Karen Wasserman, DPM, in Dallas, Texas, can help resolve stubborn toenail fungus. She provides prescription medication to destroy the infection, as well as simple in-office procedures. Prompt treatment can keep the fungus from spreading and clear up discolored nails. Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.
Toenail fungus is a contagious infection. It often begins as a small spot under the tip of your nail. But over time, the infection spreads deeper into the nail. Your toenail may become thick or discolored, and it may crack along the edge.
Without treatment, toenail fungus spreads quickly. You may develop symptoms on several nails or both feet.
Fungus likes warm, moist settings. You might pick up the infection by walking barefoot around a communal shower, swimming pool, or locker room. Fungal infections often enter your body through a small break in the skin or nails. Once you have a fungal infection, it can spread rapidly.
Wearing socks and shoes all day can worsen the problem. Because fungus thrives in warmth and darkness, socks and shoes provide the perfect environment. That's why toenail fungus often spreads from one nail to another.
Most cases of toenail fungus respond to antifungal medication. If you have a fungal infection, Dr. Wasserman may prescribe oral or topical medication. It can take some time for these drugs to take effect.
Medication usually stops the infection, but it doesn't change the appearance of the nail right away. Your nail may still look thick or discolored. Your toenails grow slowly, so it might take a year or more for the nail to clear up.
If your infection doesn't respond to medication, you may need laser treatment. Laser treatment can destroy the infection and remove the damaged nail.
Many people ignore the warning signs of toenail fungus, but fungal infections aren't just a cosmetic problem. An infected toenail often separates from the nail bed. Your nail may eventually loosen or fall off. Losing a toenail due to fungus can be painful.
At the office of Karen Wasserman, DPM, you receive the care you need to get rid of the infection. Dr. Wasserman helps you explore your options and clear up toenail fungus. She also explains how to keep from spreading the infection to others.
Are you frustrated by unsightly toenail fungus? Let Karen Wasserman, DPM, provide expert care. Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.