Nail Condition Caused By Infection

Nail fungus – also known as onychomycosis – is common. Early identification of nail fungus can help prevent the infection beneath the nail from spreading. Nail fungus can occur in both your fingernails and toenails; however, it is found more frequently in toenails. Athlete’s foot – which is a type of foot fungus – can also spread to the toenails.

Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook

Nail fungus symptoms can include:

  • Crumbling and brittle nail edges
  • Pain in nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Yellowish or white spots under the nail

There are many over-the-counter topical medications for athlete’s foot and nail fungus. If you are still experiencing painful symptoms after trying topical medications, our team of orthopaedic experts are here to help. We will examine your nails to determine the type of fungus and prescribe a specific antifungal medication to target your infection.

Most nails respond to antifungal treatments; however, if your symptoms persist, our team will discuss permanently removing the nail to ease your pain.

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Why Choose Penn State Health for Care

Top-Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Penn State Health includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, ranked as one of the best orthopedic providers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This honor was earned because our doctors consistently deliver exceptional patient care and outcomes through their commitment to advanced treatments, translational research and provider training.

Coordinated, Specialized Care Through a Dedicated Institute

Our orthopaedic specialists work together through our dedicated Penn State Bone and Joint Institute. There, they focus on providing you with multidisciplinary, tailored care and state-of-the-art treatments and technologies. This produces the highest-quality patient outcomes. All physicians at the institute are fellowship-trained and subspecialize in additional niche areas of orthopaedics, including arthritis care and joint arthroplasty (joint replacement surgery).

Designated as a Blue Distinction® Center

Penn State Bone and Joint Institute is a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. This superior designation from BlueCross BlueShield is only given to health care facilities and providers that stand out for their expertise in delivering specialty knee and hip replacement care. Our surgeons specialize in a range of pain-relieving procedures, including partial knee replacement, total joint arthroplasty, joint preservation surgery and complex revision surgery. They perform more than 1,000 joint replacement procedures every year.

Confidence in Treatment Through Education

We developed a special joint replacement education website just for patients undergoing joint arthroplasty. The website takes you step by step through the joint replacement process. From things to consider before choosing surgery to recovery after surgery, you’ll find the information you need to help you feel confident in your decision to undergo joint replacement.

Advancing Orthopaedic Medicine Through Research

The doctors and researchers in our Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are committed to advancing our field through scientific discovery and education. As the only academic medical center in central Pennsylvania, Hershey Medical Center is a national leader in research, in partnership with Penn State College of Medicine, and on the leading edge of new treatment options, including clinical trials.

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