Fungal Nails

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Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails. This ailment causes fingernails or toenails to thicken, discolor, disfigure, and split. Initially, the nails are only discolored without change in shape. However, without treatment, the toenails can become abnormally thick forcing the toe to press against the inside of the shoes, causing pressure, irritation, and pain. This can further interfere with standing, walking, and exercising.

Onychomycosis is easily identified by its appearance. However, there are similar conditions and infections that can cause the nails to feature a similar appearance to onychomycosis. The diagnosis can be established by laboratory tests before beginning treatment. Unfortunately this is a difficult condition to treat, and the cure can take a long time and have associated health risks.

Risk factors making one more susceptible to onychomycosis include:  

  • Family history  
  • Advancing age
  • Poor health
  • Trauma
  • Showering in communal showers—such as fitness clubs
  • Habitually wearing shoes don’t allow proper airflow
  • Immune conditions such as diabetes

Treatment options vary by individual and severity of the ailment. Contact the San Diego Podiatry Group today for a consultation to see what treatments will work best for you.

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