Nail Fungus Diagnosis and Treatment
- Posted on: Dec 9 2019
Elmhurst, IL area patients who are dealing with a condition such as nail fungus may find that over-the-counter antifungal medications will work to improve the condition. However, there are times when more medical assistance is required. Dr. Rodney H. Berger of Allure Skin and Laser Clinic helps patients understand when nail fungus is present and provides diagnosis and treatment.
What is nail fungus?
Nail fungus can occur on the nails of the hand or feet. It is a common condition that results in the discoloration of a fingernail or toenail. Most patients will notice it begins as a white or yellow spot under the nail, and becomes progressively larger and thicker. The condition is caused by bacteria and yeast that result in an infection of the nail and nail bed. The condition may be easier to treat in the earlier stages than when it progresses and spreads to other nails of the hands or feet.
How is nail fungus diagnosed?
A diagnosis of nail fungus is often achieved with a physical evaluation. A doctor may also take some samples of the nail and send it to a laboratory for further evaluation to determine the type of fungus causing the infection. This can be helpful if more common treatment options are not resolving the infection on their own. By determining the exact fungus, the doctor can provide more effective treatment.
What treatments are available?
In most cases, topical and oral antifungal medications can be used to clear up nail fungus. In more severe cases that are not responding to medications, surgery may be performed to remove the nail completely and resolve the issue. Once nail fungus is treated, Dr. Rodney H. Berger can educate patients on ways to reduce their risk of further infection at a later time.
Schedule your visit with the team at Allure Skin and Laser Clinic
Dr. Rodney H. Berger and his associates of Allure Skin and Laser Clinic are available to assist Elmhurst, IL patients with their skin and body needs. If you are struggling with nail fungus and have been unable to treat it with traditional over-the-counter methodologies, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment with our providers to find a treatment that works. Call (630) 818-SKIN today and visit us at 105 South York Street, #240.
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