Toenail Fungus

Benjamin Van Pham, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Benjamin Van Pham, DPM

Podiatrist located in Roseville, CA & Lincoln, CA

If you’ve ever dealt with toenail fungus, you understand just how stubborn this condition can be as it wreaks havoc on your nails. Dr. Benjamin Van Pham, DPM knows exactly how to fight back with state-of-the-art laser therapy, effectively getting rid of the infection once and for all. For expert treatment of your toenail fungus, call one of the two locations in Lincoln or Roseville, California, or use the online booking feature.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

What causes toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection caused by various fungi. The fungi prefer damp, moist, and warm environments, which is why many fungal toenail infections are picked up in public swimming pool areas, locker rooms, and nail salons.

The fungi are opportunistic, and people with cracked and brittle nails are especially susceptible to these infections. As well, if you have diabetes, you’re more at risk for toenail fungus since your circulatory and immune systems are compromised.

What are the signs of toenail fungus?

A fungal infection in your toenail typically starts out benignly enough with a small white or yellowish spot on your nail. All too soon, this spot overtakes your nail, leading to toenails that are:

  • Thickened
  • Crumbling
  • Distorted

If the infection goes unchecked, your nail may separate from your nail bed, allowing dirt, debris and bacteria to build up under your toenail, which exacerbates the problem.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Dr. Van Pham uses the state-of-the-art Cutera® laser system, which effectively rids your toenails of unsightly fungus in as little as one or two treatments, depending on the severity of the condition. The infrared laser wavelength penetrates the nail, eliminating the destructive fungus that causes the discoloration and revitalizes your nail as it grows.

The antifungal ointments or medications do the same thing, but they may act more slowly.

In extreme cases where a fungal infection takes hold and resists treatment, Dr. Van Pham may remove the nail entirely to allow a healthier new one to grow in its place.

Whichever treatment you decide on, it’s important to note that your toenails can’t be saved and you have to wait for the destroyed nail to grow out.

How can I prevent toenail fungus?

There are many ways you can protect yourself against toenail fungus, including:

  • Avoid walking barefoot around pools or in locker rooms 
  • Always swapping out sweaty socks for dry ones
  • Washing and drying your feet daily
  • Wearing footwear that breathes
  • Applying topical antifungal solution as a preventive measure

While these preventive steps serve everyone well, they’re especially important if you’re dealing with a health condition like diabetes.

To learn more about fighting back against toenail fungus, call Dr. Benjamin Van Pham, DPM, or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.