Advanced Family Foot Care Centers
Murad Abdel-Qader, DPM
Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Diabetic Wound Care Specialist located in San Antonio, TX
Roughly half of all cases of nail disease in the United States stem from a fungal infection. If your nails are yellow, brittle, or thickened, schedule a fungal nails evaluation with Murad Abdel-Qader, DPM, at Advanced Family Foot Care Centers today. Request an appointment online or call the office in San Antonio, Texas, directly to speak with a team member.
Fungal Nails Q&A
What causes fungal nails?
Fungal nails, medically known as onychomycosis, can leave you with unbearably unsightly — and even embarrassing — nail issues. The fungal organisms that infect your nails thrive on keratin, the protein that makes your nails strong.
You can come into contact with these organisms by walking barefoot through any areas that are warm, moist, and dark. Gym locker rooms, swimming pool decks, and poorly sanitized nail salons are among the top places to come into contact with fungal invaders. Fungal infections are the result of fungus getting through the cracks of the toes or cuts in your skin.
Your risk of struggling with fungal nails is higher if you have a weakened immune system or diabetes, or are a smoker. Fungal nail infections are also common among men and women who have a history of fungal nails or athlete’s foot.
When should I see a doctor for fungal nails?
Fungal nails aren’t just an aesthetic concern. The infection can progress to the point where your nails start to crumble and may fall off, which can lead to agonizing pain.
You should schedule a fungal nails evaluation at Advanced Family Foot Care Centers if you’re experiencing any of the following nail symptoms:
- Distorted shape
- Brittleness or crumbliness
- White, yellow, or brown discoloration
Fungal nail infections can even lead to a foul-smelling odor that you just can’t control, no matter how diligent you are about washing your feet and toes.
When you come to Advanced Family Foot Care Centers for your fungal nail evaluation, Dr. Abdel-Qader evaluates your nails and discusses all possible treatment solutions.
What is the treatment for fungal nails?
Treating fungal nails depends on the severity of your infection. At Advanced Family Foot Care Centers, your fungal nail treatment plan may include:
- Medicated nailpolish
- Oral antifungal medications
- Topical antifungal creams or ointments
In severe cases, you may need to have your affected nails removed. This allows Dr. Abdel-Qader to treat your nail bed directly, which can be highly effective for stubborn fungal infections.
Once Dr. Abdel-Qader gets you started on a fungal nail treatment plan, he counsels you on preventive measures to lower your risk of a future infection.
Keeping your feet dry, washing between your toes daily, and always wearing flip-flops in communal areas are some things you can do to prevent fungal nails. When cutting your toenails, also make sure your clippers are clean and that you’re cutting straight across.
Book your fungal nail evaluation at Advanced Family Foot Care Centers before your nail infection progresses any further. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.