What should I know about Nail Fungus?
- A Fungal Nail Infection is a condition that can also be referred to as Onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis) or Tinea Unguium.
- The first sign of nail fungus may appear as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail. As the fungus grows, it may cause your nail to discolor to yellow, green, or black, thicken, and crumble around the edge.
- Most nail fungus is caused by microscopic organisms called fungi that do not require sunlight to survive. Some of these same organisms also cause Athlete’s Foot.
- Fungi thrive in warm, moist places.
- Nail Fungus and Athlete’s Foot are contagious.
- Without treatment the toenails can become so thick that they cause pressure, irritation and pain, and can spread to adjacent nails and skin.
What are my treatment options?
- Topical Over-the-Counter Medications
- Topical Medications Dispensed only by a Physician (Tolcylen)
- Prescription Only Topical Medications
- Prescription Only Oral Medications
- Laser Treatments
- Surgical Procedures
- Combination of the Above Options
Discuss your options with your physician to determine the best course of treatment for you.