While toenail fungus is a common condition, finding it on your fingernails is definitely rarer. Toenail fungus spreads easily because of the moist dark environment in shoes, and because of public areas where it is commonplace to walk barefoot like locker rooms. Fingernail fungus is less common because the hand is usually dry and exposed to light. This makes it harder for fungus to infect the nail bed and spread, but not impossible.
When fingernail fungus infects your nail, it can lead to unsightly changes in the nail’s appearance that are usually very visible. Fingernail fungus is caused by the same fungus like the one that causes toenail fungus. Because of this, there are many similarities between the two conditions. They both usually start with discoloration of the nail, including white spots or lines. As the condition progresses, this discoloration can become yellow, brown, or black and cover the entire nail. The nail can also become brittle, cracked, and thickened. In some cases, the nail will develop an odor or even lift up from the nail bed.
Fingernails require different treatment than toenail fungus. Because toenail fungus is an issue with the feet, the best doctor to provide treatment is a licensed podiatrist. Podiatrists are only licensed to work below the knee, so they aren’t able to provide treatment for fingernail fungus. While there are different treatments available for fingernail fungus, you should seek out an FDA approved treatment by a doctor or nurse that specializes in the treatment. The PinPointe Laser is the gold standard for fungus treatment and only requires one session to kill the fungus. The laser has no side effects or downtime, unlike other options like oral medication. To schedule a consultation with a doctor for fingernail fungus, give us a call at 1-(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.