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Medical Dermatology

Nail Fungus

Nail Fungus

Nail fungus is a fungal infection in one or more of your nails.

An infection with nail fungus may begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, it may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges — an unsightly and potentially painful problem. An infection with nail fungus may be difficult to treat, and it may recur, but medications are available to help clear up nail fungus. Antifungal pills (oral medicine) offer the best chance of a cure- terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), and fluconazole (Diflucan). These medications require close monitoring for dangerous side effects and are typically reserved for moderate-to-severe or hard-to-treat fungal nail infections. Antifungal topical medicine (creams, lotions, gels, and lacquers), like Lamisil and Penlac, may be used for mild-to-moderate infections and to help prevent an infection from returning. Removal of an infected nail is used for severe or recurring fungal nail infections.

We now offer IPL treatment for nail fungus. Treatment is in most instances a series of 5-7 quick sessions, with minimal discomfort and no side effects. This treatment targets the fungus located deep beneath the nail plate, eradicating the source of the infection with no harmful effects on healthy tissue.

 

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