What Are the Signs of Fungal Toenails?
Early detection of fungal toenails is key to quicker and easier treatment. Unfortunately, early signs of an infection don’t tend to be as dramatic as later results.
The early signs of an infection can look like small white spots or streaks on the nail, but so can just having a small bump or scrape there. If you see a white blemish on your nails and it doesn’t improve after a few days (or actually grows bigger or changes shape!), it’s time to give us a call. You might have detected an early infection!
Otherwise, later stages of infections have quite obvious symptoms, such as:
- Discoloration of the nail (usually ranging from white to brownish-yellow)
- A brittle or crumbly texture
- Distorted or ragged nail shape
- A potential slightly unfavorable odor
In some cases, the nail might start to rise away from the nail bed, causing pain. This is relatively uncommon, though.
Treatment for Fungal Toenails
If you are seeking to eradicate your fungal infection and get back to clearer nails, start now!
There are several different treatments for fungal nails, including topical and oral medications. These can take several months for full effectiveness. Even then, once a fungus is gone, the damage it left behind will remain until new nail tissue is able to grow in.
In other words, don’t go expecting a miracle if you start fungal nail treatment a month before that big event you want to show off for!
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