What is Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis (nail fungus) is a fungal infection that takes place in the toe or fingernails. As the most common nail disorder, nail fungus is commonly referred to as dermatophyte onychomycosis or tinea unguium. It accounts for nearly half of all nail abnormalities. Although nail fungus begins as a simple cosmetic concern, it can swiftly develop into a problem when not addressed.
With nail fungus, the nails on the fingers and toes will appear thickened, discolored, disfigured, and split. The thick nails can begin to press against the inside portion of one’s footwear. This often results in discomforting symptoms like pressure, irritation, as well as pain. For this reason, immediate treatment for any fungal infection is highly recommended.
Symptoms of Onychomycosis
The most common indicators of nail fungus are the thickening of the nails, in addition to nail discoloration appearing black, green, yellow, or white. The nails will become brittle and split off as the infection begins to progress. This leads to inflammation that develops, and pain felt on the surface of the skin without appropriate treatment.
Individuals may experience this discomfort while walking, standing, exercising, and numerous other activities during their day-to-day life.
A treatment plan will depend on the unique, individual circumstances resulting in Onychomycosis (nail fungus). In some cases, long-term treatment may remain necessary to eradicate symptoms and discomfort.
At Miami Center for Dermatology, we offer laser treatment to remove and treat Onychomycosis (nail fungus). In the worst cases, patients may require nail removal, do not wait until it is too late. If you are seeking treatment for Onychomycosis (nail fungus) call Miami Center for Dermatology at 305.279.7546 or make an appointment today.