Nail Fungus

Denville Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Denville, NJ

Are your toenails yellow, brittle, and even crumbling away? In all likelihood, toenail fungus has taken hold, and it’s a stubborn condition to get rid of. Thankfully, Daniel Hennessy, DPM, at Denville Foot & Ankle, has the tools necessary to restore your toenails back to good health. If you’re in the area of Denville, New Jersey, call for an appointment or use the online booking tool.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, which is medically known as onychomycosis, is a fairly common fungal infection that isn’t particularly dangerous, but it can wreak havoc on your toenails, forcing you to hide them from sight. As the name implies, the infection comes from a fungus, which thrives in dark, moist environments, such as:

  • Public swimming pools
  • Locker rooms
  • Damp, sweaty socks
  • Wet, dirty towels

Toenail infections can start in one toe and spread to the others, and even to your fingernails if you pick at your toes.

What are the signs of toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus typically starts out as a small white or discolored spot on your toenail. If left unchecked, the infection can cause the following in your toenails:

  • Yellowing
  • Thickening
  • Crumbling
  • Detachment from your nail bed
  • A change in shape

In some cases, the nail fungus can give off a foul odor and lead to a buildup of dirt under your nail, making your nails look much darker.

How is toenail fungus treated?

While mostly benign, toenail fungus can be extremely frustrating to tackle, because once it takes hold and destroys your toenail, you need to wait for the nail to grow out. This is why it’s important that you seek the medical counsel of Dr. Hennessy at the first signs of a fungal infection so he can prevent its progression and spread to other toes.

It’s also terribly important to seek medical help at Denville Foot & Ankle if you have a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease. Any problem in your feet, even a pesky toenail fungus, is cause for concern when your feet don’t have the proper resources to fight off these types of infections.

For treating toenail fungus, Dr. Hennessy may recommend a topical or oral antifungal medication to kill the fungus. If your infection is advanced, Dr. Hennessy may remove your nail so that he can access your nail bed in order to better address the infection.

Once Dr. Hennessy stops the fungus, it’s simply a matter of time for newer, healthier toenails to grow out.

To put an end to unsightly, and potentially dangerous, toenail fungus, call Denville Foot & Ankle or request an appointment by clicking on the booking button.