Fungus is something that lives in warm and moist areas. This is why the toenails are a great breeding ground for fungal infections. Fungal toenails occur in people of all ages. Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas at American Foot & Ankle Specialists, in Sun City and Scottsdale, AZ, are fungal toenails specialists, and can examine your toes and determine the best course of treatment for your infection.
More About Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus first begins as a skin infection known as athlete’s foot. The fungus starts under the fold of the nail toward the end. Over a period of time, it will continue to grow underneath the nail and change into a yellow or brown discoloration. It can even lead to deformity of the nail itself. Fungal nails often become thicker than normal and can break fairly easily. This is because fungus builds up under the nail, which loosens and separates the nail from the bed.
Treating fungal toenails in Sun City and Scottsdale will depend on how bad your particular infection is. The older you are, the more likely you are to get fungal toenails. Also, individuals with a weak immune system or diabetes, who smoke or whose family members have experienced them are more susceptible to fungal toenails too. Dr. Stegman and Dr. Erotas at American Foot & Ankle Specialists can use a variety of treatments to treat your infection successfully. Some of these treatments include:
- Antifungal prescription
- Topical nail lacquer
- Topical cream (applied directly to the nail)
- Removing the damaged area (whether the nail and/or skin)
In the most severe cases, the entire nail may need to be removed.
Treating Fungal Toenails in Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ
Ultimately, many people have difficulty with their toenails and need assistance from Dr. Stegman and Dr. Erotas at American Foot & Ankle Specialists. To schedule a consultation to discuss your fungal toenails today, call their Sun City or Scottsdale, AZ, podiatry office at 623-977-8388 or 480-483-9000.