Grapevine nail fungus can be easy to miss until it becomes painful when left untreated. You can spot nail fungus because it changes the appearance of infected nails. It can also cause the nail to thicken, collect debris under the nail or change color. Grapevine toenail discoloration is one of the most obvious signs of foot fungus. Patients report seeing white spots develop on the nails, however the spots can also turn brown or yellow. If you don’t seek treatment right away it can even cause the discoloration to grow and cover the entire nail and then spread to surrounding nails.
Does It Hurt?
Initially, nail fungus is painless, however it can become painful if you allow the fungus to grow and spread, procrastinating treatment. When this happens, wearing shoes might be too painful. Any changes that you notice with your nails should indicate that you need to schedule an appointment at Prism Dermatology with one of the top Grapevine foot doctors in the area to take a closer look. Fungal infections can be harder to treat as the condition worsens. It is important to keep in mind that patients with athlete’s foot, cancer, diabetes, Psoriasis, or with a weakened immune system are at a higher risk for developing Grapevine nail fungus. The risk also increases for those who smoke, spend a great amount of time in water, walk barefoot in humid or wet places, have sweaty feet, or frequently have wet hands and feet throughout the day. Fungus infects your nail either by entering a crack in the nail, a cut in the skin around the nail, or the separation between fingers or toes and the nail. The fungi are able to grow in a moist and warm space. It will then spread and create Grapevine toenail discoloration.
How Can I Treat It?
By scheduling an appointment at Prism Dermatology with our experienced, board certified dermatologist, you can find out whether or not you have a fungal infection in the first place. It’s likely that you may already have a skin infection such as athlete’s foot that has spread to your nails. Our dermatologist may collect samples by gently scraping your skin or trimming your nail to send to the lab before providing you with a proper nail fungus diagnosis. Once your samples confirm that you have a fungal infection you will embark on an agreed upon course of treatment with our dermatologist. Treatment is important and should be implemented as soon as possible. Common toenail fungus treatment options for our patients include prescription strength medications, either in topical or oral form. If your condition indicates that it is necessary, the dermatologist will recommend a course of both types of medications. In addition, one of the other primary treatment paths provided by Prism Dermatology is laser treatment. We can utilize advanced lasers, which are virtually pain-free to destroy the toenail fungus at the root cause level to give you the relief that you deserve.
See A Dermatologist Today
Contact Prism Dermatology today at 817-329-1350 to schedule a thorough consultation with our Dermatologist for your Grapevine nail fungus needs and begin treatment right away.