Fungal Nails Explained - Texas Foot Specialists

A common type of fungal infection can be found in our toenails. This condition is medically referred to as Onchomycosis or Tinea Unguium.

Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller are podiatrists who specialize in treating fungal nail infections.

Who can get fungal nail infections?

  • Smokers are at greater risk for developing fungal nail infection
  • Immunosuppressed people (i.e. diabetic, cancer patients, and people who has psoriasis or AIDS)
  • Elderly people
  • People with bad hygiene
  • People who frequently use communal showers increase their risks of acquiring fungal nail infection
  • People who wear tight-fitting, uncomfortable shoes
  • People diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease
  • Anyone that comes in contact with the fungus

What causes fungal nail infections?

  • Fungal nails may develop if a person washes his feet more than necessary. Excessive foot washing may cause the protective skin at the base of the nail to get damaged. This can be an entry point for fungi.
  • Those suffering from fungal skin infection can transfer this infection to the toenails.
  • Damaged nails exposes the sensitive skin underneath to fungi.


What are the symptoms of having fungal nail infections?

  • Nail discoloration can be tell-tale sign of fungal nail infection. The nail can turn white, black, yellow or green.
  • Thickening of the nail may not be observed easily but if left unattended, the nail may start to crumble and become disfigured.
  • Long-term fungal nail infection may cause pain even while walking.

How do we treat a person who has fungal nail infection?

  • Topical medication can help prevent the spread and reduce the fungal infection.
  • Oral medications are often used for treating fungal nail infections. These medications can clear fungal nail infections along with fungal skin infection.
  • Laser treatment is are treatment of choice.  The procedure is performed right in our office, is painless and requires no anesthesia.

The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston we specialize in helping people find relief from acute and chronic heel pain.  To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.