Common nail conditions include thickening or discoloration of the nails which may or may not be painful, injury which can result in bleeding and collection of blood under the nail and painful infected ingrown nails. There are many different causes of toe nail changes and treatments.
Not all nail changes such as thickening or discoloration are caused by nail fungus. Certain skin conditions such as psoriasis or leg edema (swelling) or repetitive injury can cause nail changes that mimic nail fungus. In some cases, our doctors may take a culture specimen of your nail problem to confirm whether or not it a nail fungus.
Skin growths under or beside the nail can cause nail changes. Most of these are benign but some can be cancerous, such as melanoma, which can be life threatening. Early detection and diagnosis are of utmost importance. In some cases if the nail or skin changes appear irregular, our doctors may take a biopsy.
Treatment begins with diagnosis of the nail condition and can range from regular visits to keep your nails properly treated to prescription medication to corrective ingrown nail border procedures. If nail treatments are needed, our doctors use sterile and individually packaged instruments.