Fungal nail infections (onychomycosis) can become so severe that your nails gradually chip away and you start feeling pain. If you’re noticing yellowing, brittleness, or thickening in your toenails, board-certified podiatrist Henry Tseng, DPM, provides the latest treatments at his private practice, Dr. Henry Tseng. Book your nail fungus evaluation at the West Covina or Alhambra, California, clinic locations by clicking the online booking feature or by calling either clinic.

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What causes nail fungus?

Nail fungus occurs when tiny fungal organisms get into the skin surrounding your nails. Fungi can sneak in through the tiniest of cuts or abrasions, or even when you have an ingrown toenail. These fungal invaders thrive in areas where there’s darkness and moisture.

It’s possible that you came into contact with fungi by walking barefoot:

  • In a sauna
  • Near a pool
  • In a gym or communal shower

You have a very high chance of developing a nail fungus infection if you have a history of athlete’s foot, especially if you currently have blisters or sores from athlete’s foot.

When do I need to see a podiatrist for nail fungus?

Because nail fungus can be difficult to treat, it’s important to have an evaluation at the office of Dr. Henry Tseng as soon as you notice any symptoms. Common warning signs of nail fungus include:

  • Thickening or brittleness
  • Distorted nail shape
  • Foul odor
  • White spots
  • Yellowing

Fungal nail infections are a particularly serious concern for diabetics since poor circulation can cause the infection to progress rather quickly. In any case, before your nail fungus causes pain or makes you feel self-conscious about your nails, schedule an evaluation at the office of Dr. Henry Tseng.

Which nail fungus treatment is best?

Dr. Tseng evaluates your nails and talks with you about your health history in an effort to find the best nail fungus treatment for your needs. Depending on the severity of your fungal nail infection, Dr. Tseng may recommend:

  • Prescription topical nail polish or gel
  • Nail debridement (partial removal)
  • Medical laser treatments

If you have a severe or more stubborn case of nail fungus, Dr. Tseng may need to prescribe medications. Nail fungus drugs (antifungal medications) need to be taken for up to four months. Dr. Tseng runs blood tests to monitor your liver enzymes both before and after taking the medication. Throughout your treatment process, Dr. Tseng works diligently to restore your healthy, more clear nails.

Get started on your nail fungus treatment at the office of Dr. Henry Tseng right away. Book your nail fungus exam through the online scheduler or call either office directly.