Toenail Fungus / Nail Disorders
What is Toenail Fungus and other Nail Disorders?
Whether you like them long or short, painted or natural, your nails say a lot about you. There are many nail disorders that change the appearance or condition of your fingernails and toenails. Nail disorders could be caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, virus, or an underlying medical disease, such as lung cancer or liver disease. If you discover a change in your fingernails or toenails, schedule an appointment with dermatologist Max Adler, M.D. He and his seasoned team of providers can diagnose and treat your nail disorder at Max Adler Dermatology in Plano and Dallas, TX.
Causes of Nail Disorders
It’s easy to get a fungal nail infection. If you have a fungal infection on your foot, the fungus can spread to one or more of your nails. This is quite common. You can also catch a fungal nail infection in a warm, moist place such as a pool deck or locker room. If someone else has a fungal infection and walked barefoot there, all you have to do is walk barefoot in the same area. Having wet nails for a long time can also lead to nail fungus. Some people develop it when they wear the same pair of sweaty shoes or boots every day. Fingernails that are wet for hours at a time due to a job or hobby are also susceptible. What you see on infected nails will vary with the type of fungus causing the infection.
Nail disorders are commonly caused by a bacterial or fungal infection, as well as viruses. Some of the infections that affect the nails are anemia, ringworm, paronychia, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, and eczema. Nail disorders may also be caused by an underlying condition in your body, like lung cancer, heart conditions, diabetes, as well as liver or thyroid disorders. During your exam, Dr. Adler will examine your nails to find out the cause. While a physical exam is usually enough, a sample of your nail or cuticle might be taken for a better diagnosis.
Symptoms of Nail Disorders
If you have concerns about the appearance or condition of your fingernails or toenails, you should schedule an appointment at Max Adler Dermatology in Plano or Dallas, TX. Some of the most common indicators of a nail disorder are inflammation beneath and around your nails, a change in the color of your nails, brittle or thin nails that split easily, and nails that are bumpy or grooved. In some cases, a nail disorder might cause pain in your nails, making it hard to hold objects or type on a keyboard.
Treatment & Diagnosis of Nail Disorders
During your appointment, Dr. Adler will complete a thorough exam to determine the kind of nail disorder and if there’s an underlying condition. He will go over your treatment options based on your diagnosis. You may be prescribed an antibiotic for a bacterial nail infection or an antifungal medicine for fungal infections. Anti-inflammatory creams are also common treatments for nail disorders.
Get your Strong, Healthy Nails Again!
If you’re concerned about the appearance or well-being of your fingernails or toenails, schedule an appointment with double board-certified dermatologist Dr. Max Adler. He will determine if you have a nail disorder and discuss your treatment options. Contact Max Adler Dermatology in Plano or Dallas, TX to get more information on nail disorders or to schedule a private consultation.
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