Toenail Fungus Specialist

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

Vascular Surgeon located in Charlotte, NC

If your toenails are discolored and brittle, odds are you’ve got a fungal infection. Toenail fungus is a widespread infection that doesn’t usually cause serious harm, but it can be a frustrating condition to address. Dr. James Antezana at South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery offers the latest in laser technology to successfully combat the fungus once and for all. If you’re in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, call for a consultation or book an appointment online.

Toenail Fungus Q & A

South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery

What is toenail fungus?

Toenail fungus is a very common condition characterized by:

  • Whitening or yellowing of your toenails
  • Thickening of your toenails
  • Weakening or crumbling of the nails
  • Detachment of your nails from the nail bed
  • A foul odor

The fungus typically starts off as a small spot and, if left untreated, can progress across your entire nail.

What causes toenail fungus?

Fungal organisms cause toenail fungus. These organisms typically thrive in damp, moist environments, such as wet grass or public showers. Several factors put you more at risk of developing a fungal infection, such as:

  • Age: As you age, your nails dry out, leaving them open to infection
  • Athlete’s foot: If you’re prone to athlete’s foot, you’re also susceptible to toenail fungus
  • Poor circulation: Diabetes and peripheral artery disease decrease circulation to your feet

While these factors increase your chances of contracting a fungus, toenail infections can occur in anyone who comes in contact with a fungal organism. Without treatment, fungal infections can spread or irreparably damage your nails.

How is toenail fungus treated?

Toenail infections may pass away on their own if you take care to keep your feet clean and dry. If the condition persists, however, Dr. Antezana may recommend oral medications or topical creams. For immediate and effective relief, Dr. Antezana offers excel V™ laser therapy to clear up the infection, selectively destroying the fungus and allowing the healthy nail to grow in its wake.

Full elimination of the fungus depends on the extent to which it has affected your toenails and how long it takes for the affected area to grow out. Dr. Antezana usually recommends several laser treatments, spaced a few weeks apart, for maximum results.

To bare your feet with pride, call South Charlotte General and Vascular Surgery or book an appointment online.