Nail Fungus Overview

Microscopic-sized fungi thrive in warm, moist areas. With the perfect conditions, the organisms can become out of control resulting in fungal infections to the skin, hair, or nails. Fungal infections can be hard to treat, and recurrence is common.

What Causes Fungus/ Nail Fungus?

Fungal infections are contagious. Direct skin-to-skin contact or coming in contact with contaminated items and surfaces can cause an infection.

Close up of nail fungus infection on the thumb

Are There Different Types of Fungus/ Nail Fungus?

Fungus comes in various types. The three most common include; ringworm, athlete’s foot, and nail fungus.

  • Ringworm is a ring-shaped infection that can appear on the body, scalp, or genitals.
  • Athlete’s foot occurs on the feet primarily between the toes.
  • Nail fungus (onychomycosis) produces thick, brittle nails that are white or yellow.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

We use the latest diagnostic tools to identify the fungi for treatment. During your consult, our highly-trained dermatologists will assess the severity of your condition and customize a treatment plan accordingly. In most cases, a topical antifungal medication can solve your problem, but oral medications may also be recommended.