Symptoms and Possible Causes of Toenail Fungus

Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00

There are normal levels of fungus in the body, in addition to different types of bacteria. Overgrown fungus levels may result in an infection. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that typically affects the toenails. It generally develops gradually, and noticeable symptoms may include yellow or white toenails, or a possible loss of the nail. If medical conditions exist, they may increase the chances of developing toenail fungus. These may include diabetes, diseases that may cause poor circulation, or a weakened immune system. Additionally, if you have a nail injury, or spend time in public swimming pools or locker rooms, or wear artificial nails, you may notice signs of a toenail fungus. There may be measures that can be implemented, which may prevent this condition from developing. These may include avoiding walking barefoot in public areas, thoroughly drying your feet after showering, or utilizing antifungal sprays. If you feel you have developed a toenail fungus, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment options.

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 Dr. Brent Kempf of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctor 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 our office located in Sayville, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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