Fungal skin and nail infections are common, particularly among adults older than 60.
Contributing factors include diabetes, poor circulation, compromised immune function, poor
circulation and injury to the nail. If you are experiencing fungal infections of the skin and or
nails, our Atlanta podiatrist can help. We have many years’ experience with treating myriad
conditions of the foot. Let us put our experience to work for you.
Causes of fungal skin and nail infections
Fungus enters the body when the skin is compromised. Usually that is through an opening under
the nail or a small cut. The infection is caused by entry of these fungi, or germs, into your body.
You can reduce your chances of fungal skin and nail infections by:
- Wearing shower shoes or flip flops in public areas such as the pool and locker rooms.
Fungi thrive in warm, moist areas.
- Not sharing towels, nail clippers or other items that encourage the spread of germs
through cuts or contact with skin. Be especially careful if you have athlete’s foot as the
infection causing germs can spread to your nails.
- Keeping your feet and toenails clean and dry.
- Toenails should be trimmed regularly. Avoid wet shoes or shoes that cause your feet to
Symptoms of fungal skin and nail infections
The infected nail may become unsightly, thickened and yellow. Your skin may be scaly and
inflamed. You may also experience discomfort, especially on standing or when wearing shoes.
Diagnosis of fungal skin and nail infections
Call our Atlanta podiatrist to schedule an appointment for diagnosis and treatment options. Be
prepared to discuss your symptoms, as well as any concerns you may have about your condition.
We will examine the affected areas. In some cases, we may clip a piece of your nail for testing.
Fungal infections of the skin and nails are not easily cured. It is important to manage or treat the
infection as early as possible to avoid worsening of symptoms. Although fungal skin and nail
infections are not fatal they can be harmful, especially if you have diabetes or a weakened
Treatment of fungal skin and nail infections
Options we will consider together include:
- Watchful waiting – fungal infections will not go away on their own and often get worse.
Still, if the infection is not causing any pain or inconvenience you may decide it is best to
watch and wait.
- Anti-fungal creams – over the counter and prescription medications are available.
Treatment times vary from a few weeks to several months. In some cases, the infection is
- Anti-fungal pills – oral anti-fungal treatments yield higher success rates. Unfortunately,
they are also associated with side effects. Together we will review your individual health
concerns as well as the pros and cons of this option so you can make the best decision.
- Nail removal – this option is available in some cases.
You may feel too embarrassed to wear sandals or expose your feet if you have a fungal skin or
nail infection. We want to help. Our Atlanta podiatrist will work with on developing an
appropriate treatment plan. Stop hiding your feet. Let us help you get better.