Nails are susceptible to many of the conditions that affect skin, and are also prone to a number of unique conditions. Beautiful nails are a sign of good health. The skin experts at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center have the knowledge and experience you need to achieve healthy nails.
FUNGAL INFECTIONS OF THE NAILS
Fungal infections of the nails occur most often on toenails due to ill fitting shoes and the warm, moist environment of closed footwear. These infections can cause nails to turn white or yellow, thicken, crumble or separate from the nail bed.
The infection may be isolated to a single nail, or it may affect all nails. Infected nails may be uncomfortable or painful when wearing shoes, and may even cause serious physical and occupational limitations.
Your Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center skin experts will carefully examine all of your nails to determine the extent of your infection and then recommend a proper course of treatment. Treatment starts with a correct diagnosis.
Other skin/nail conditions can look like fungal infections. Our staff will test the nail to confirm the presence of fungus. You may be prescribed an oral antifungal and/or a topical treatment for any bacterial or fungal infection present on the foot. Laser treatments are also used. These treatments will help you to prevent any recurrences of the fungal nail infection and remove any excess of fungus from the skin.
Fungal infections can be persistent and recurrent. Some treatment options for fungal infections may be undesirable or contra-indicated for your health. Your Trillium Creek Dermatology skin experts will advise you about the ramifications of all your treatment options.
Ingrown nails occur most commonly on the big toes, where pressure from ill fitting shoes causes the toenail to grow inward. The area where the nail pierces the skin can become infected and extremely painful.
Professional treatment of an ingrown nail can speed healing and reduce recurrence. Your Trillium Creek Dermatology skin experts can quickly and effectively trim away the nail and surrounding skin, and provide antibiotics if the area has become infected.
OTHER DISEASES OF THE NAILS
A wide range of other diseases can affect the nails, including contact dermatitis (allergy to nail hardener or adhesive), bacterial infection, psoriasis, eczema, trauma and chronic picking or biting. Once the nail is damaged or separates from the nail bed, a secondary infection is common, complicating the condition.
Many unique nail diseases can look similar to the untrained eye. Trust the Trillium Creek Dermatology skin experts to identify your specific condition and start you on an effective course of treatment.