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Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

If you notice your toenail is becoming thicker and turning a white or yellowish color, you may have toenail fungus. This type of infection develops when fungi grows under the skin, and you may experience discomfort. For severe infections, the nail may separate from the nail bed, and begin to disintegrate which may typically cause pain. Like other types of fungus, toenail fungus generally grows in moist and warm places, which make the toenails a perfect place for the development of this ailment. There are several ways to prevent this contagious fungus from developing including wearing appropriate shoes while in public showers and surrounding areas, trimming the toenails regularly, and wearing clean socks and shoes. After a proper diagnosis is performed, the appropriate treatment may begin. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for information about treatment options that are correct 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 Dr. Siegerman & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

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.

Prevention

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 one of our offices located in Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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