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What is Nail It Medical?

We are a team of Board-Certified, Fellowship trained, award winning Podiatrists with decades of combined experience in treating toenail and foot disorders. We are excited to offer convenient expert medical assessments and treatment of foot conditions in an at-home setting.

What is nail fungus?

Fungus is a microorganism, like mold or yeast, which can infect human tissues including skin and nails. Nail fungus presents as discolored, thick, chalky, brittle, disfigured and/or crumbling nails which can be painful with pressure from certain shoes. Severe cases can also cause unpleasant odors and lead to serious health problems.

What is Athletes Foot?

Athletes foot is a fungal infection of the skin. It usually presents as scaling, flaking, itching, redness, blisters or cracking of the soles, heels or between the toes. Infections of the foot can also cause unpleasant odors.

The dangers of nail fungus

It’s worse than you think! Toenail and foot fungus infections are not only unsightly and embarrassing but can also lead to serious medical problems:

Foot Pain

Over time, a nail that is affected by fungal infection may thicken and deform, leading to discomfort. Infected skin may burn, itch or crack resulting in open wounds and dangerous bacterial infections.

Spread of the fungus

Fungal infections are contagious. If not addressed promptly, they can spread to other people at home in the shower or bed, or in public at the gym, pool, beach etc.
Also, fungal infection in one’s foot can rapidly spread giving rise to jock itch—a condition that can impact both men
and women.

Extensive Infection

If the toenail fungus infection spreads to the skin, leading to cracking, it can create an entry point for bacterial infection. This is especially worrisome for anyone with diabetes and other health conditions.
Painful ingrown nails can develop from the thickening and deformity caused by prolonged fungal infections. Ingrown nails often lead to severe bacterial infections which require minor surgery.

Do I have Nail Fungus?

Signs and Symptoms to watch out for

Discoloration

Discoloration

Early or mild infections often begin with white spots on the nails which advance to a white chalky appearance covering the majority of the nail plate. More severe infections result in yellow or brown material under the leading edge of the nail and color changes eventually spreading throughout. It becomes more difficult to treat these advanced infections and is therefore important to address at an early stage.

Thick and Distorted Nail

Thick and Distorted Nail

Early or mild infections often begin with white spots on the nails which advance to a white chalky appearance covering the majority of the nail plate. More severe infections result in yellow or brown material under the leading edge of the nail and color changes eventually spreading throughout. It becomes more difficult to treat these advanced infections and is therefore important to address at an early stage.

Pain or Discomfort

Pain or Discomfort

Early or mild infections often begin with white spots on the nails which advance to a white chalky appearance covering the majority of the nail plate. More severe infections result in yellow or brown material under the leading edge of the nail and color changes eventually spreading throughout. It becomes more difficult to treat these advanced infections and is therefore important to address at an early stage.

Brittle or Crumbling Nail

Brittle or Crumbling Nail

Early or mild infections often begin with white spots on the nails which advance to a white chalky appearance covering the majority of the nail plate. More severe infections result in yellow or brown material under the leading edge of the nail and color changes eventually spreading throughout. It becomes more difficult to treat these advanced infections and is therefore important to address at an early stage.

Pricing

$40

Initial Evaluation

Initial Doctor’s Evaluation of history and photographs with treatment or further work-up recommendations

$149

Biopsy and Consult

Biopsy, physician’s review of results and recommendations for treatment

$30

Follow Up Consultation

Follow up physician consultations, review of photographs and further treatment recommendations

Topical Medication

$25-35/Month

Estimate varies depending on severity and number of nails involved

Oral Medication

$15-30/Month

Oral Supplements

$50-65/Month

Take the First Step
To Treatment with us

Take our FREE QUIZ
Receive an email with instructions from our doctor
Submit an intake questionnaire and pictures
Receive a home biopsy kit and return your specimen (if indicated)
Receive results and treatment from our doctor
Pricing starts at

$40.00 USD

Nail Fungus Quiz

*Required Fields
*Are your toenails thick, painful or brittle?(Required)
*Are your toenails discolored or chalky?(Required)
*Is skin on your feet peeling, blistered or cracking?(Required)
*Is your skin red, hot or itching?(Required)
If you answered yes to any of the above, please provide the following information and we will contact
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*Are you a Florida Resident?(Required)
*Providing information and taking the quiz does not establish a patient - physician relationship and no treatment can be recommended based on this information

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Nail It?

We are a team of Board-Certified, Fellowship trained, award winning Podiatrists with decades of combined experience in treating toenail and foot disorders. We are excited to offer convenient expert medical assessments and treatment of foot conditions in an at-home setting.

What is nail fungus?

Fungus is a microorganism, similar to mold or yeast, which can infect human tissues, including skin and nails. Toenail fungus is a contagious fungal infection of the toe nails.

How do I know if I have nail fungus?

The only way to know for sure is with a toenail biopsy. A physician specialist looks at the nail under a microscope and confirms the presence of fungus or other causes for the abnormal nail.

Why do I need a nail biopsy?

There are many conditions which can look like nail fungus and the only way to definitively know is if the specimen is examined under a microscope. It is important to confirm the underlying cause of any condition in order to treat effectively.

How is fungus infection treated?

Special medicated anti-fungal foot soaks, topical creams, and pills may all be effective. The best option for any individual depends on factors such as past medical history, severity of infection, etc. Rarely, advanced cases which do not respond to conservative treatment may require specialized laser therapy or even surgery. In the rare event this is needed, Nail It doctors can refer you to a good Podiatrist’s office in your area.

Why does nail/foot fungus need to be treated?

Fungus is a microorganism, like mold or yeast, which can infect human tissues including skin and nails. Nail fungus presents as discolored, thick, chalky, brittle, disfigured and/or crumbling nails which can be painful with pressure from certain shoes. Severe cases can also cause unpleasant odors and lead to serious health problems.

Why doesn’t over the counter medicine work for fungus?

Fungus is a very persistent organism and difficult to kill! Over the counter medicine is not as strong as medicine prescribed and provided by your doctor. Also, medicines sold at stores do not penetrate skin and nails well enough to reach the fungus. Lastly, without a nail biopsy, it is impossible to be sure that fungus is present. Biopsy is often needed to tell us what medication is right for your condition.

What if my biopsy is negative for fungus?

We can still help! Conditions which can look like fungus include trauma, vitamin deficiency, systemic disease, skin conditions, and others – all of which can be treated with different products and regimens that are not antifungal.

How long does it take to treat fungal infections?

Athletes Foot infections often respond to treatment within 2-4 weeks. Toenail fungus however can take 6-12 months to clear, depending on the severity of the infection. Mild cases may respond sooner.

Does Nail It take insurance?

Nail It does not accept health insurance and does not process insurance claims. However, our prices are affordable and similar to copays or deductibles on most insurance plans. Also, our fees qualify may for reimbursement from Health Savings Accounts. We accept PayPal for convenient, safe and secure payments.

Why choose Nail It Medical instead of visiting a doctor in person?

A visit to the doctor’s office can cost 3-4 hours including scheduling, extensive paperwork, travel to and from the office, wait times, etc. – Then repeat for follow up! Also, it might require you to miss work or other important activities during the day and cost money for gas, parking, etc. Some people might feel embarrassed showing their infected toes or feet to other people too! Nail It Medical allows you to avoid all of this hassle – no appointment scheduling, no extensive paperwork, read and send messages at your convenience, any time of day and avoid embarrassment!

How many nails do I need to biopsy?

We recommend biopsying at least 2 nails. If additional nails appear abnormal, the results of their biopsies are typically the same. Therefore, we recommend treating all nails which appear abnormal, based on results from 2 samples. If you would feel more comfortable biopsying more than 2 nails, we can do so in increments of 2 additional nails for $149.

What is a Podiatrist?

Podiatrists are physicians or “Doctors of Podiatric Medicine” (DPM) who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. DPM’s are licensed to order diagnostic testing prescribe medication and perform surgery within this scope of practice.

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