Symptoms of Toenail Fungus
One of the first signs patients notice if they may have a toenail fungus are yellowed and brittle nails. Additional symptoms can include toenails that lift away from the nail bed, uneven toenail growth, and with severe infections, there may be a foul odor. Research has shown the fungus which generally causes this condition lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. It is suggested to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, which can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. It may be beneficial to use an antifungal spray or powder after thoroughly washing and drying your feet. It is advised that you speak to a podiatrist if you have developed toenail fungus, who can offer the best course of treatment for you.
If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
- Warped or oddly shaped nails
- Yellowish nails
- Loose/separated nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
- Brittle, broken, thickened nail
If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.
In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.
In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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