Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a common condition that results in thickened, discolored nails, often accompanied by brittleness or a distorted appearance. The dermatology team at The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center at Creedmoor address nail fungus through various treatments, including oral antifungal medications, medicated nail lacquers, or topical antifungal creams. In some cases, they may recommend nail debridement to reduce thickened nails and improve treatment effectiveness.

At The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center at Creedmoor, our dermatologists tailor treatment plans to the severity and type of nail fungus, aiming to effectively eliminate the infection and restore healthier-looking nails. Regular follow-ups and proper nail care techniques are advised to prevent recurrence and promote nail recovery.

What are Symptoms of Nail Fungus?

  • Debris beneath the nail.
  • White or yellow spots under the nail.
  • Darkening of the nail.
  • Foul-smelling odor.
  • Thickening nail.
  • Pain in the nail.

Causes of Nail Fungus

  • The fungi that cause the development of nail fungus are microscopic organisms that thrive in warm, moist environments. 

How to Prevent Nail Fungus

Preventing nail fungus include maintaining good foot and hand hygiene, keeping nails dry and trimmed, avoiding tight-fitting shoes, and using antifungal products in communal areas. If you suspect a nail fungus infection, seek prompt dermatological attention for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment

Nail Fungus FAQs

Nail fungus is typically caused by fungal infections entering through tiny cracks in the nail or skin. It can happen in warm, damp environments like public showers. Anyone can get it, so it's more about the conditions than personal habits.

Over-the-counter treatments may help in mild cases, but dermatologists have more potent options. If you've tried home remedies without success or if the infection is severe, consulting a dermatologist ensures a targeted and effective approach.

It's best to avoid nail salons until the infection is treated. Sharing tools can spread the fungus, and the moisture in salons can make it worse. Once your dermatologist clears the infection, you can enjoy your manicures worry-free.

Patience is key. Treatment duration varies, but it can take several months for new, healthy nails to grow in. Dermatologists will monitor progress and adjust treatment if needed, ensuring the best outcome.

To prevent nail fungus, keep your feet clean and dry, wear breathable socks and shoes, avoid sharing nail clippers or other nail tools, and practice good foot hygiene.

Yes, nail fungus is contagious and can spread from person to person or from one nail to another. It can also spread to other parts of the body if proper hygiene is not maintained.

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How to Treat Nail Fungus

Our skilled dermatology providers specialize in accurate diagnoses and tailor treatment plans to your unique needs. We offer proven antifungal medications, including a range of topical solutions that effectively target nail fungus, providing localized treatment for optimal results.

Additionally, our providers may prescribe oral antifungal medications like terbinafine or itraconazole, offering comprehensive treatment to eliminate the infection from within. Trust our expertise for accurate diagnosis and personalized solutions to address your nail fungus concerns. Schedule an appointment with for quality care and effective treatment.