Fungal Toenail Infection Symptoms
Fungal toenails occur due to an infection that gets in between either the cracks in the nail or possible cuts on the surrounding skin. When this occurs, the toenails are likely to discolor and thicken the toenail; this makes it hard to care for or trim the toenails. The toenail itself may also become brittle and could potentially crumble. The fungus under the nail may build over time, separating the nail from the bed and ultimately causing it to fall off if not treated properly.
Fungal toenails typically form due to the lack of footwear in public, warm, damp environments. Popular areas where patients have picked up a fungal infection include nail salons/spas, communal showers, locker rooms, gyms, yoga studios, and swimming pools. If you are prone to sweaty feet, you may be more likely to develop a fungal toenail as well. You may also be more likely to develop a fungal toenail if you have a weaker immune system or have a history with athlete’s foot.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Toenail fungus can also be treated with certain over-the-counter anti-fungal topicals, creams and ointments. To remove pressure from the nails, keep them cut at a short length. Oral anti-fungal drugs, medicated nail cream, or medicated nail polish may also be prescribed by your podiatrist if simpler treatments do not prove successful. In some cases, your podiatrist may also recommend laser treatment to eradicate toenail fungus.
For a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for professional care and to prevent the infection from spreading.