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All About Toenail Fungus

Well, if you cringed just a little bit reading that headline, you’re not alone. People don’t love talking about their fungal nail infections. Even more, they prefer to keep them completely hidden, even from doctors. We get it; infected nails aren’t pretty. But they’re not going away anytime soon if you do nothing about them. Enter Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm and the staff of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, in Fairfax County, Virginia. We see lots of fungal infections. We’re okay with that. We’ve helped countless patients regain their confidence in displaying their feet for all to see.

What fungus looks like

Fungal toenail infections most often affect the big toenail. The first thing you might notice is discoloration. The toenail takes on a yellowish tinge. As the infection progresses, white spots may appear under the nail. The toenail gets brittle, crumbly, and jagged. It may even start to smell.

Seek expert advice

If you have any of these telltale signs of toenail fungus, your best bet is to make an appointment with our board-certified foot specialist. First of all, it’s a good idea to confirm that you really do have a fungus and not some other kind of infection. Over-the-counter fungal creams, powders, or polishes won’t work if you’re targeting the wrong problem. Furthermore, home treatments can take a long time to take effect, or they may not work at all. Finally, if you’ve got diabetes, you mustn’t attempt home treatment at all. Bring all infections of the diabetic foot to Dr. Wilhelm’s attention as soon as possible.

Nail fungus can be very persistent. If you suffer from unsightly nails, give us a call at our Centreville office at (703) 996-3000 or contact us online. We can offer you many treatments, including

  • prescription-strength topical creams
  • oral antifungal medications
  • nail debridement, which removes the infected part of the nail
  • safe, sanitary, surgical nail removal.
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