Fungal Infections

stock_23.jpgMany times nails can become infected, inflamed or deformed, which is known as onychosis. Onychosis is inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the nail, especially in the creases where the nail attaches to the skin. The inflammation is usually the result of an infection.

Other diseases include onychocryptosis or “ingrown nails,” where the nail digs into the surrounding tissue and causes an infection; onychodystrophy, where the nail is deformed and discolored; and onychogryposis, where the nail thickens, develops deep ridges and turns brown.

How do you treat severe fungal infections?

If one of your nails has recurring fungal infections, this can cause a portion or the entire nail to die. If this happens, we can surgically remove the nail. You will receive an injection in the finger or toe so you won’t feel any pain. The nail is then loosened from the surrounding skin, and the doctor will place a tool between the nail and skin in order to remove the nail. If you wish to keep the nail from growing back, thereby avoiding future infections, we can place a chemical on the wound that destroys the nail’s matrix. After the procedure, an antibiotic will be applied, and the wound will be bandaged.