When you put all of this together of course what it tells you or the doctor is that there is a fungal infection involving the toenail that is causing the toenail to become white and discolored and is only on the surface of the nail plate.
In general these superficial toenail infections do not penetrate the toenail itself. The toenail will look like it has some white spots or speckled appearance. It sort of looks like there are powder sugar in splotches on the toenail. This particular form of a toenail infection can be related to applications of nail varnish or toenail polish base coats.
Although this is not the most common form of toenail fungal infections, it can be easier to treat. The reason that it might be easier to cure is that the infective organisms are closer to the surface and not underneath the nail plate where they can be harder to reach.
Because the fungus is actually growing on the surface of the nail plate it is also easier for your podiatrist to take a sample of the fungus and evaluate it. It may also respond to topical treatment more readily than a fungus that bores all the way through the nail plate down to the nail bed. The laser treatment is also effective for this type of toenail fungus infection.
Dr. Christopher Segler, DPM is board certified, American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He believes that the best medicine can be fast, convenient and low-cost treatment. His innovative housecall podiatry practice model helps to keep costs down for patient with making expert care more convenient than ever.
If you have a tight work schedule we can even see you in your own office. We often do house calls for executives so that they can be seen between meetings. When there is no time to waste, a house call is definitely the best treatment and just what the doctor ordered!
We offer house calls all over the San Francisco area, including the Marina, Castro, the Sunset, Richmond district, North Beach, Presidio, Seacliff, Downtown, Nob Hill, Russian, and the Financial district. We will even see you at home in Mill Valley, San Rafael, San Bruno, Oakland or Berkeley.
If you have a question about toenail fungus and wonder whether or not the laser fungus removal treatment might be right for you, you can call and speak directly with a toenail expert by calling 415-308-0833. And yes, you will actually get to speak with the doctor.