At Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, we’re here to help you restore your nails to health and help prevent further infection.

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What is Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus can begin as a small white or yellow spot on the fingernail or toenail. As the condition progresses, the nail can become thick, yellow, hardened, and jagged at the edges. Nail fungi may affect multiple nails or just one nail. While nail fungus can affect fingernails, appears most commonly on the toenails.

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What Causes Nail Fungus?

Nail fungus may be caused by a variety of fungi but is most often caused by “dermatophyte fungus.” It may also be caused by certain molds and yeast. Nail fungus is very contagious and may be spread from one person to another and often afflicts older people. As your nailbeds age, the nails produced are often cracked and dry. Fungi can harbor in the cracks of the toenails and grow when one is wearing socks and shoes.

Other risk factors for nail fungus include:

  • Diabetes or other diseases which lead to circulation issues
  • Walking barefoot in common areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers
  • Having a skin condition or injury to the nail
  • Excess sweating
  • Athlete’s foot
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How Is Nail Fungus Treated?

When left untreated, nail fungus can cause permanent damage to the nail bed. As nail fungus can be difficult to treat, you should speak to your dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology as soon as you see changes in your nails.

A combination of over-the-counter creams and ointments, self-care remedies, and prescription anti-fungal medication may be necessary to clear the infection completely.

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974 SouthPoint Road, Suite D
Belmont NC 28012

Phone: 704-755-8020

Fax: 704-755-8021


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-542-2220

Fax: 704-542-3304


309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704-344-8846

Fax: 704-344-9844


7476 Waterside Loop Road #600
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-601-4381

Fax: 704-822-5997

Forest City

651 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: 828-288-1204

Fax: 828-288-1205

Gastonia/937 Cox Road

937 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-898-8014

Fax: 704-898-8018

Gastonia/959 Cox Road

959 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-866-7576

Fax: 704-866-0106

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 100

315 19th St. SE, Building 100
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-325-9849

Fax: 828-325-9879

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 200

315 19th St. SE, Building 200
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-328-3500

Fax: 828-328-8777


13539 Reese Blvd W.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-892-4878

Fax: 704-892-7453


105 Delta Park Drive
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-0464

Fax: 704-482-0308

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