Toenail Fungus Specialist

General Podiatrist in Las Vegas, NV

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Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus changes the color and texture of your nails, causing them to be aesthetically displeasing and sometimes painful. At Las Vegas Footcare, Pardis Kelly, DPM, provides treatment for this stubborn condition. She uses effective therapies to help you get feet you can’t wait to show off in sandals or on the pool deck. Call the Las Vegas, Nevada, office today to arrange your appointment or use the online tool to schedule. 

Why do I have toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is common and quite stubborn once it’s taken hold. It occurs when the fungus enters your skin through a small crack or cut. 

You can pick up a fungal infection in a public shower, locker room, or pool deck. The fungus thrives in dark, moist environments provided by feet shoved into poorly ventilated shoes and sweaty, damp socks. It’s incredibly contagious. 

Runners and people who have to wear work boots at their job are also quite susceptible to nail fungus. 

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

The first signs of a toenail fungus may be quite mild — just slight discoloration or brittleness of the nail. 

Over time, the infection goes deeper and spreads to other toenails.

When the fungus has set in, you’ll notice:

  • Scaly skin under the nail
  • Thickening of the nail
  • Foul odor from nail
  • Powdery, crumbly, or brittle texture
  • White, yellow, or brown spots on the nail
  • Dark debris under the nail
  • Detached nails

Some or all of the nail may be affected. Call Las Vegas Footcare if you notice any symptoms of toenail fungus. When Dr. Kelly provides early treatment, it prevents fungal spread and worsening symptoms. 

What are the treatments for toenail fungus?

Without treatment, you risk losing your toenail to the fungal infection.

Dr. Kelly offers topical medications to kill the fungus present at the nail’s surface. Sometimes the fungus goes beneath your nail, and you need oral medication as well as a topical cream to get rid of it.

Dr. Kelly provides laser treatment for toenail fungus that doesn’t respond to topical or oral treatments. The laser destroys the fungus so you can have clear nails. 

Even after you’re clear of fungus, you need to take steps to prevent its return. Good foot hygiene includes regularly changing your socks and shoes, wearing flip-flops or water shoes in public places, and washing and thoroughly drying your feet every day. Dr. Kelly also recommends wearing breathable shoes. 

Call Las Vegas Footcare to get care for your fungal toenails, or use this website to make your appointment online.