What is Toenail Fungus?

Nail fungus is a common condition that begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection goes deeper, nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It can affect several nails.
If your condition is mild and not bothering you, you may not need treatment. If your nail fungus is painful and has caused thickened nails, self-care steps and medications may help. But even if treatment is successful, nail fungus often comes back.
Nail fungus is also called onychomycosis . When fungus infects the areas between your toes and the skin of your feet, it’s called athlete’s foot.

TOENAIL FUNGUS TREATMENT OPTIONS

Conservative Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungal infections are often handled through oral or topical medications. Our podiatrists start with conservative options first, and only suggest surgery when absolutely necessary.
Some of the non-surgical treatments include:

  • Oral antifungal drugs
  • Liquid antifungals
  • Daily cleaning
  • Medicated nail cream
  • Medicated nail polish

One easy-to-use over-the-counter medication our physicians subscribe to is Tolcylen. Tolcylen is the first comprehensive anti fungal, cosmetic, and nail renewal treatment that can prevent and cure fungal infections while revitalizing nails with jojoba oil and vitamin E.

Surgical Toenail Fungus Treatment

In some cases, conservative treatments are simply not an option. However, these more aggressive fungal infections can be treated surgically:

  • Temporary removal of infected nail to directly apply antifungal medication.
  • Permanent removal of a nail that is continuously causing pain and has not taken to any treatments.
  • Toenail fungus laser treatment, which penetrates the nail to directly reach the fungus.

If you think you’re facing a toenail fungal infection you should consult your podiatrist right away. Advanced Foot and Ankle podiatrists can assess your symptoms and create a specific treatment plan just for you.

Dr. Jones Hormozi at Valley Foot & Ankle Center (VFAC) utilizes state-of-the-art technology, minimally invasive procedures, and advanced techniques to prevent and treat all conditions of the foot and ankle. This allows most patients to walk immediately after most procedures, and they are able to rapidly return to high levels of functioning with excellent outcomes.

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Dr. Jones Hormozi is a Board Certified Podiatrist in Los Angeles. Dr. Hormozi is known for treating sports injuries in patients of all ages. He has treated and operated on professional athletes, semi professional athletes, college athletes and high school athletes. Dr. Hormozi is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at Western University of Health Sciences.

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