Onychomycosis, also known as nail fungus, is a common condition that begins as yellow or white spots under the tip or the finger or toenail. The fungus can spread deeper and cause other issues with the nails. If this treatment is not bothersome, you may not need treatment, however, nail fungus can be painful and cause many other issues.
At Tamjidi Skin Institute in Chevy Chase and Vienna, we offer treatments that can help rid your nails of fungus, and stop this issue from becoming worse. If you have nail fungus that you want to be treated, be sure to contact our team of dermatologists to schedule your appointment!
What Causes Onychomycosis?
Nail fungus can be caused by a number of different fungal organisms, one of the most common is called dermatophyte. Mold and yeast can cause nail infections as well. These infections can develop at any age, however, they are more common in older adults. There are many risk factors that can increase your chances of getting nail fungus. These include:
- Having reduced blood flow
- Sweating heavily
- Having a history of athlete’s foot
- Having a minor skin or nail injury or condition
- Having diabetes
- Having a weakened immune system
Onychomycosis can start from athlete’s foot and can spread from nail to nail, however, it is very unlikely that you’ll get a nail fungus infection from another person.
There are many symptoms of onychomycosis. If you notice that one or more nails are thickened, have white or yellow discoloration, a distorted shape, brittle or ragged texture, a dark color under the nail, or foul smell, you may have a nail fungus.
Nail Fungus Treatment
There are a few ways that nail fungus infections can be treated. If you notice that your nails have any of the symptoms above, you can try self-care methods and over-the-counter products to try and rid your nails of the fungus. It can take several months to see results, and repeat infections are common.
If these self-care and over-the-counter treatments don’t work, there are other methods that may work for your onychomycosis including oral antifungal medications, medicated nail polish, medicated nail cream, and surgery.
Depending on the severity of your nail fungus and how much pain it is causing you, our dermatologists may recommend one of these methods over another. If your nail fungus does not cause you discomfort, you may not require treatment.
Be sure to contact Tamjidi Skin Institute in Chevy Chase and Vienna to learn more about the onychomycosis treatments that we offer and to schedule an appointment to rid your nails of fungus. Our skilled dermatologists are happy to help!