New Canaan Podiatry
Jennifer Tauber, DPM
Podiatrist located in New Canaan, CT
Nail fungus can cause your nails to become so weak and brittle, they start to chip away and cause ongoing pain. But you can get effective in-office treatments for nail fungus with board-certified podiatrist Jennifer Tauber, DPM, of New Canaan Podiatry. Dr. Tauber provides some of the most advanced nail fungus solutions available in New Canaan, Connecticut. Book your nail fungus appointment online or call the office directly to schedule.
How did I get nail fungus?
Nail fungus (onychomycosis) develops gradually as foreign fungal invaders, especially dermatophytes, enter your nail bed. While anyone of any age can have fungal nails, they’re particularly common in older adults. The reason behind this is that seniors have age-related issues, such as decreased blood circulation and a weakened immune system, that increases their risk of infections.
But a number of other factors can contribute to nail fungus, too. It’s possible that you got nail fungus as a result of:
- Sweating profusely
- Having a history of athlete’s foot
- Having chronic skin conditions, like psoriasis
- Walking barefoot in a sauna or gym locker room
If you have diabetes, your chances of fungal nails increases due to circulation problems and a weakened immune system.
What are the symptoms of nail fungus?
Nail fungus often starts out as whitish spots on your nails. As the fungal infection spreads, you may find that your toenails become:
Nail fungus can affect just one nail, or it can affect multiple nails. Plus, if you have it in your toenails, you risk spreading it to your fingernails, or even to someone else. The sooner you start treatment for a toenail fungus infection, the easier it is to resolve.
Do I need treatment for nail fungus?
Yes. Nail fungus is a stubborn infection, so ignoring it or trying to treat it on your own can lead to further complications, including losing the toenail entirely. At New Canaan Podiatry, you can receive innovative nail fungus solutions designed to tackle the most complex fungal infections.
Dr. Tauber evaluates your feet and talks with you about your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your nail fungus infection, your treatment plan can include:
- Medicated nail polish
- Oral antifungal drugs
- Prescription-strength topical antifungal creams
You may even be a candidate for laser fungal nail treatments with the revolutionary Fotona ClearSteps™ system. This pulsed-dye laser treatment gently heats your nail bed and destroys parasitic fungus.
With laser nail treatments, healthy, new, clear nails start to grow in over time. No matter which type of treatment is best for your needs, you can expect relief from fungal nails at New Canaan Podiatry.
Schedule your nail fungus evaluation at New Canaan Podiatry today. Click the online scheduler or call the office.