Nail Specialist

Lotus Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists & Cosmetic Dermatologists located in Spring Hill, FL

Don’t let pesky nail problems, like ingrown nails and nail fungus, slow down your daily routine and cause unnecessary pain. Active members of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Rishi Patel and Dr. Utpal Patel of Spring Hill, Brooksville, and Homosassa, Florida, have every remedy for your nail issues. If you are experiencing nail pain, nail swelling, or yellow nails, click to schedule a nail biopsy at Lotus Dermatology or call their office to book an appointment today.

Nail Q & A

What are the signs I need a nail biopsy?

A number of nail symptoms warrant a nail biopsy to determine the cause and condition:

  • Redness, pain or swelling around the toe
  • An ingrown nail
  • Yellow-brown colored toes
  • Brittle nails that break easily
  • Foul-smelling toes
  • Loose nails
  • Thick nails

Can ingrown nails be prevented?

Fortunately, you can take a variety of simple, at-home measures to ensure you’re less likely to suffer an ingrown nail. For example, clip your nails regularly, wear shoes that fit correctly, and don’t stuff your feet into small or tight shoes — especially ill-fitting high heels.

What is the solution to a persistent ingrown nail?

The nail on your big toe is the most likely nail to be ingrown. You can try to ease ingrown nails at home by soaking the affected nail in warm, salty water for 15-20 minutes three to four times per day.

For pain or swelling that doesn’t go away, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rishi Patel or Dr. Utpal Patel at Lotus Dermatology to determine if a nail biopsy can help. At your appointment, they perform a nail examination to determine if you require a nail biopsy or other diagnostic texts to the determine the cause.

Dr. R. Patel and Dr. U. Patel may recommend minor surgery, called a nail removal, to cut away the ingrown part of the nail. After your in-office procedure, they create an aftercare plan specifically designed to ease your symptoms.

How do I stop nail fungus before it starts?

You can try one or more of these simple, at-home measures to prevent nail fungus:

  • Wear sandals in the gym or pool areas
  • Wear shoes with breathable fabrics
  • Wash feet regularly
  • Apply antibiotic ointment
  • Trim your nails straight across

What is the solution to a persistent nail fungus?

If you have diabetes, you’re at a higher risk for developing serious health problems from fungal nail infections and should seek treatment right away.

Over-the-counter medicines cannot always fully treat persistent nail fungus. Schedule an appointment at Lotus Dermatology with Dr. R. Patel or Dr. U. Patel. They perform a thorough nail examination, make a comprehensive diagnosis, and a create nail treatment program that includes the treatments, procedures, and prescriptions your diagnosis requires — to get back to 100%.