Onychomycosis Treatment in Monroe, LA
Onychomycosis is a fungus that develops on the fingernails and toenails. The condition changes the color of the nail and makes it brittle. Onychomycosis does not require treatment, but you may want to consider the benefits. Dr. Janine Hopkins, M.D., F.A.A.D., board-certified dermatologist, offers onychomycosis treatments for men and women in Monroe, Shreveport, the Ark-La-Miss and the surrounding areas of Northeast Louisiana.
What is Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis is a nail fungus that initially develops under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. The fungus expands to the nail bed, causing a thickening of the nail. Over time, the nail becomes completely white or yellow and may splinter and break.
What Are the Benefits of Onychomycosis Treatment?
Mild cases of onychomycosis are normally not an issue, but more advanced cases can cause pain and other symptoms. Treatment for nail fungus manages the development of the fungus to preserve as much of the nail as possible.
How Do I Know If I Have Onychomycosis?
Signs of onychomycosis are:
- Yellow or white dot under the tip of the nail
- Complete discoloration of the nail that is pale yellow or white
- Thickening of the nail
- Nails that are dry, splintered, brittle and easily broken
- Mildly foul odor from the nail bed
- Abnormal nail shape
What Should I Expect from Onychomycosis Treatment?
Even with treatment, your onychomycosis may return. Dr. Hopkins helps you find ways to reduce the frequency and severity of the problem. The first course of treatment may be medications. If the nail fungus has severely damaged the nail bed, surgery may be required.
How Much Does Onychomycosis Treatment Cost in Monroe, LA?
The medications for onychomycosis are relatively affordable for most patients. Although they may be slightly more expensive than over-the-counter products, the treatments work. In the long run, you will spend less money. We can discuss the cost of your treatment for nail fungus during your appointment.
Be Healthy, Be Beautiful. Contact Hopkins Dermatology Today.
In the initial stages, onychomycosis may be a mild cosmetic concern, but over time, the fungus can spread and damage the nail bed. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Janine Hopkins, M.D., F.A.A.D. offers onychomycosis treatments for men and women in Monroe, Shreveport, the Ark-La-Miss and the surrounding areas of Northeast Louisiana. Contact Hopkins Dermatology to schedule an appointment.