Nail Fungus Specialist

Dr. Frank Henry, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Victoria, TX & Marble Falls, TX

Since fungal invaders often thrive in warm and moist areas, like saunas, showers, and pool decks, you can develop a nail fungus infection by walking around barefoot in these types of areas. But with the help of Dr. Frank Henry, you can get started on fast and effective nail fungus treatments right in the office at Dr. Frank Henry, Foot and Ankle Specialist in Victoria and Marble Falls, Texas. Book your nail fungus evaluation by clicking the online booking feature or by calling your nearest office.

Nail Fungus Q & A

What causes nail fungus?

 

Just as the name implies, nail fungus is caused by fungus. These microscopic organisms live in any areas that are warm, dark, and damp, including communal showers or gym locker rooms. Because of this, if you’re barefoot in these types of areas, the fungal invaders can quickly enter through weakened patches of skin or cuts.

Your risk of developing a fungal nail infection further increases due to:

  • History of fungal nails or athlete’s foot
  • Chronic skin conditions, such as psoriasis
  • Decreased blood flow due to older age or diabetes
  • Sweating profusely and wearing damp socks or shoes for extended periods
  • Weakened immune system, either because of older age or chronic disease

 

How can I tell if I have nail fungus?

Nail fungus often begins as a minor nuisance, such as tiny white dots on your toenails. As the fungal invaders continue taking over — they thrive on nail keratin proteins — you’re probably going to notice that your nails are becoming more yellow or brown. Over time, nail fungus can cause your nails to become:

  • Distorted in shape
  • Thickened
  • Crumbly
  • Smelly
  • Brittle

If left untreated, your fungal nail infection can become so severe, your toenails become deformed, which can cause agonizing pain. Don’t let this happen to you. Before your fungal nail infection progresses any further, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Frank Henry.

Is there an effective treatment for nail fungus?

Yes! If you’ve tried home nail fungus treatments and haven’t seen an improvement, Dr. Frank Henry can help. Dr. Frank Henry examines your toenails and personalizes your nail fungus treatment to you. Although there are numerous methods of treatments available, most of them are either ineffective (working less than 10% of the time) or can have some serious side effects, like liver failure. Because of this, Dr. Frank Henry recommends and offers laser therapy for the treatment of fungal nails:

 

  • Tolcylen – medicated nail polish
  • Written prescription – oral antifungal drugs
  • Laser therapy – the laser penetrates through your nail and destroys the fungus, several sessions may be needed, but over time new clear nails start to grow and replace discolored nails

Before your nail fungus worsens any further, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Frank Henry. Request an appointment online or call either clinic directly.

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