Thick, discolored, and crumbling nails can be a sign of a serious infection. Toenail fungus is a common issue that we can quickly address with the proper medication. If you’ve noticed these symptoms, we urge you to get in touch with our Mesa, Arizona office today. We can provide effective antifungal medication to restore the beauty and integrity of your nails.
Causes of Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus is caused by several fungal infections, the most common of which is called dermatophyte. These kinds of infections can develop in anyone at any age but are more common in older adults. They often begin as athlete’s foot and spread. Risk factors for developing toenail fungus include:
- Being older, owing to reduced blood flow.
- Excessive sweating.
- Walking barefoot in damp areas.
- Having a history of athlete’s foot.
- Having a minor skin or nail injury.
- Having diabetes or circulation problems.
- Having a weakened immune system.
Signs & Symptoms
Having thickened, discolored nails is the most telling sign of a fungal infection. Additional symptoms may include:
- Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails.
- Distorted nail shape.
- A dark color caused by debris building up under your nail.
- A foul smell around the nails.
How We Can Help
We provide antifungal medications for the treatment of fungal infections. These come in the form of oral pills or nail cream that can be applied to the affected area. In rare instances, surgery may be needed to remove the nail completely. This is necessary when the nail is painful, and the infection doesn’t respond to treatment.
Schedule Toenail Fungus Treatments in Mesa, Arizona
Toenail fungus can be treated with the proper medication here at Sagebrush Dermatology. If you’re struggling with this infection, get in touch for treatment today. Schedule an appointment by filling out the form below or giving us a call at 480-681-DERM (3376).