Linh Nguyen, DPM
3334 Paper Mill Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131
(410) 666-FOOT (3668)
F: (410) 666-3669

Toenail Fungus Treatment in Phoenix, MD

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium, is an infection that develops beneath the surface of the nail due to exposure to various types of fungi. Typically, nail fungus begins with the appearance of white or yellow spots beneath the toenail tip. If left untreated, the infection can progress deeper, leading to weakened or brittle nails that may eventually detach.

Types of Common Fungal Nail Infections

Several types of fungal infections commonly affect the toenails:

  1. Distal subungual onychomycosis (DSO): This prevalent infection, also termed Athlete’s Foot, spreads across the nail bed, resulting in nail discoloration and weakness.
  2. White superficial onychomycosis (WSO): Less frequent than Athlete’s Foot, WSO manifests as white patches across the nail’s surface.
  3. Candida onychomycosis: Typically stemming from trauma, this chronic fungus causes toenails to swell or enlarge.
  4. Proximal subungual onychomycosis (PSO): This fungal infection prompts the development of yellow or white spots near the toenail’s base.

Signs & Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Given the diverse types and severity levels of toenail fungus, it is essential to seek diagnosis from a podiatric physician. Look for the following common symptoms if you suspect you may have a fungal nail infection:

  • Scaling beneath the nail
  • Distorted nail appearance
  • White or yellow streaks on the nail
  • Foul odor emanating from the affected nail
  • Crumbling corners or tips of the nail
  • Flaking white areas on the nail’s surface
  • Nail loss

How are Fungal Nail Infections Treated?

Although treatment may not always be necessary, it is advisable due to the potential for contagion. Mild cases of toenail fungus may respond to conservative treatments, such as prescription anti-fungal oral medications or topical solutions. However, severe symptoms or non-responsive cases may require nail avulsion surgery, involving the removal of the nail plate and application of chemical treatments to address the infection.

Contact your podiatrist for further information or to arrange a consultation.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm 7:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am 5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Office Location

Family Foot and Ankle Care

3334 Paper Mill Road
Phoenix, MD 21131-1419
O: 410-666- FOOT (3668)
F: 410-666-3669