Fungal Nails Specialist

Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Littleton, CO

Toenail fungus is particularly hard to treat. This infection can be persistent and thrives in the moist environment provided by your feet. At Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado, Hani Saeed, DPM, treats toenail fungus to eradicate it for good and give you feet you can’t wait to sport in sandals or yoga class. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn about your toenail fungus treatment options.

Fungal Nails Q & A

What causes fungal toenail infections?

It’s common to develop a fungal infection under your toenails. These infections love dark, moist environments provided by feet shoved into poorly ventilated shoes and sweaty, damp socks. Infections may also develop when you come into contact with pool decks, gym locker rooms, and public showers. You can easily pick up fungal infections if you walk around barefoot in these spaces. Nail fungus can be a problem for runners and people who have to wear work boots at their jobs.

Toenail fungus is highly contagious. It easily spreads from one toe to the next and infects other people.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

At first, you might notice a mild infection under just the tip of one nail. Over time, the infection goes deeper and spreads to other toenails.

An infected nail usually shows the following signs:

  • Scaly skin under the nail
  • Thickening of the nail
  • White, yellow, or brown spots
  • Foul odor from nail
  • Powdery, crumbly, or brittle texture
  • Dark debris under the nail
  • Detached nails

You may notice these signs on parts of the nail or the entire nail. If you notice any indication of a toenail fungal infection, contact Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center right away. Without treatment, nail fungus can spread fast, and the symptoms can quickly worsen.

How are fungal toenails treated?

Without treatment, toenail fungus can cause notable damage – including toenail loss.

Topical medication is often the first line of treatment against toenail fungus. The medication kills fungus present at the surface of the nail. If your infection has penetrated beneath your nails, you may need oral medication combined with a topical cream.

Other treatments for toenail fungus include laser treatment to destroy fungi. In dire cases, surgery is sometimes necessary to remove infected parts of a nail.

Fungal infections commonly return, so prevention is key once you’ve eradicated the problem. Good hygiene includes regularly changing your socks and shoes, not going barefoot in public places, and washing and thoroughly drying your feet every day.

To get treatment for fungal toenails, call Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center or use the online booking tool today.