Fungal Infection Treatment

Fungal infections vary in type and can affect a person of any age. Fungal nail infections are common and are often obtained through direct or indirect contact from person to person. Our board-certified dermatologists have helped countless Greater Houston, TX, patients get rid of their fungal condition and enjoy clear, healthy nails.

What Is Onychomycosis?

Onychomycosis (or nail fungus) can affect both the fingernails and toenails. It causes the nail to thicken, give off a foul odor, and become brittle, pitted, discolored, or painful due to the fungus debris that sometimes gathers underneath the nail. Nondermatophyte molds or yeast (candida) usually cause this condition. Other fungi, such as T. rubrum (Trichophyton rubrum), can also cause nail fungus infections.

How likely you are to develop onychomycosis depends on several different factors. These include family history, using communal showers, poor health, nail trauma, athlete’s foot, or manicurists using unsanitary tools. To prevent nail fungus, you should try to keep your nails groomed and clean and properly dry your hands and feet. Do not share nail clippers with others, and never go barefooted in public showers or outside your home.

What Are the Treatments for Nail Fungus?

Topical and oral treatments are available for all types of fungal infections. Most topical options are less effective, but if the fungus is mild, there is a chance medicine can halt the growth. In more severe cases, oral antifungal medication might be effective. These oral medications must be used for many months or even a year.

Our experienced dermatologists in Greater Houston, TX, are ready to create customized treatment plans for patients with any fungal infections. If you would like to learn more about nail fungus treatment, please request a consultation with one of our specialists at a location near you.

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