Even though yellowed, thickened nails may not seem like a big concern, a fungal nail infection can become so severe it causes your nail to fall off. Before you start experiencing pain or serious nail issues, schedule a fungal nail exam at the office of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, in Irvine or Orange, California. Click on the online booking feature or call your most convenient Orange County location directly.
When a fungal nail infection first begins, you’re probably going to notice a few white dots on your nails. As the fungal invaders start taking over your healthy nail tissue, symptoms worsen, and you may start experiencing:
In advanced stages, a fungal nail infection leads to a foul odor. It’s even possible to spread your toenail fungus to your fingernails if you pick at your toenails.
The fungal organisms that cause nail fungus thrive in areas that are dark and damp.
Think of anywhere you’ve been barefoot lately: A gym shower or sauna, swimming pool deck, or gym locker room. Any of these types of areas are ideal grounds for fungus to live, which is how you may have come into contact with them.
If you’re generally healthy, your immune system might fight off the fungal invaders, and you may never develop a fungal nail infection. But your chances of developing a fungal nail infection increase if you have a:
The sooner you visit Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, when fungal nail symptoms begin, the easier it is to treat the infection. Dr. Vincent is an expert at treating mild to complex cases of fungal nails, especially for diabetics who can develop severe infections.
Since getting on top of a fungal nail fungus infection can be challenging — fungi are stubborn — you’re encouraged to start professional treatment with Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, as soon as possible.
Dr. Vincent provides some of the latest and most effective nail fungus treatments, including:
For a severe case, Dr. Vincent could recommend removing the nail — a procedure performed right in the office under local anesthesia — so she can directly apply strong medications to the site of your infection. When your nail grows back in, it’s clear and healthy.
Book your fungal nail evaluation at any of the offices of Dr. Ebonie Vincent, DPM, MBMS, today. You can conveniently schedule a fungal nail exam online or over the phone.