Toenail Fungus Specialist

At the European Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Podolskiy and Dr. Goshko treat patients from in and around Chicago, Illinois for fungal toenails with a variety of procedures including laser treatments. Offices are located on South Michigan Avenue, Oak Street, and West Chicago Ave, as well as six other locations.

Toenail Fungus

What are fungal toenails?

The fungal toenail is a condition where a fungal infection is present in or under a patient’s toenails. Most often it is the bacteria trichophyton which causes the infection. The infection itself typically occurs because the nails have been kept in wet or moist surroundings without the correct care including a group shower. Athletes can be more vulnerable to fungal toenails because they use these facilities and because their feet are continually kept in tight, sweaty shoes. Those with an undermined immune system can also be more vulnerable to fungal infections in the toenails.

How are Fungal Nails Treated?

At the practice, laser toenail fungus treatment is used for serious cases of fungal toenail infection. Laser treatments have shown to be more successful than topical ointments and can clear the infection without damaging the healing tissue. For minor cases, creams and topical medications are used to treat fungal nails. However, when the condition is a bit more serious, oral medications are used because they have proven to be very effective. The most commonly prescribe medication which has been effective is Lamisil otherwise known as terbinafine.

What causes fungal toenails?

Toenail fungus develops when the toenails have been in moist or wet environments and did not receive proper care afterward. For instance, areas such as communal showers can often be a breeding ground for fungus. Because of this, athletes can be more prone to developing fungal toenails. The fungus gains entry at the far end of the nail, where it separates from the skin, and develops there. There are three types of fungal nail infections:

  • Distal subungual onychomycosis - An infection which progresses from the nail’s end to the base. This traditionally develops in the toenails.
  • Proximal subungual onychomycosis - When the infection progresses from the base of the nail or toe and moves downward toward the nail end.
  • Yeast onychomycosis - An infection connected with the yeast candida. This is usually found on the fingernails causing the nails to turn yellow or brown and thicken. Occasionally this yeast can be found in the mouth as well.

 


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