Do you have an unusual yellow or white area under your toenail or fingernail? This could be a sign of nail fungus. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham offers treatments for nail fungus to the residents of the Greater Columbus area.
Nail fungus affects the bed of your toenails and fingernails causing a white or yellow spot just under the nail. At first, the condition may be only cosmetic, but if the fungus is not treated, the nail gets thicker and crumbles on the edges. Also known as onychomycosis and tinea unguium, nail fungus often accompanies athlete’s foot.
Mild cases of nail fungus may not require treatment, but the condition can get worse. Treatment will help eliminate the fungus and address the symptoms caused by nail fungus, such as:
In many cases, treatment for nail fungus allows the nail to re-grow to a natural thickness, but the nail may have an abnormal shape.
Over-the-counter medications are available for nail fungus and these methods usually work for mild cases. You may want to pursue stronger treatments for your nail fungus if:
As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hicks-Graham is uniquely qualified to recommend an appropriate treatment for your nail fungus, such as:
In some cases, the fungus cannot be treated with medications and Dr. Hicks-Graham may recommend laser treatments to destroy the fungus or surgery to remove the nail.
Dr. Hicks-Graham is best able to recommend an appropriate treatment for your nail fungus when she understands:
The healing and recovery period for nail fungus depends on the treatment.
Nail fungus treatment at Downtown Dermatology is covered by your medical insurance. We will help you understand your portion of the cost after your consultation. Payment can be made by cash, check, major credit card or CareCredit® financing.
Nail fungus can lead to complications, such as:
We highly recommend that you receive treatment if you have:
During your consultation, Dr. Hicks-Graham will determine the severity of your nail fungus, as well as complications that you may experience. She will recommend treatments and explain the expected outcome of the treatment. If you believe that you have nail fungus, contact us to schedule a consultation.Nail fungus may begin as a cosmetic concern, but over time, the fungus can spread deeper into the nail bed and to surrounding areas of your feet and hands. Because nail fungus can lead to serious complications, many people in the Greater Columbus area forego over-the-counter treatments and rely on board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham.