Signs and Symptoms of a Fungal Toenail Infection

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Fungal toenail infections can be nearly unnoticeable in the beginning, but as the condition progresses it will become very noticeable. If steps aren’t taken to combat the microbes, you could lose a nail or the infection could spread. In severe cases, amputation may be required.

Early symptoms of a fungal toenail infection include the following:

●      Fine white lines or spots on the surface of the toenail

●      The texture of the toenails can become brittle

●      A thickening of the nail may occur, making them harder to trim

●      The nail may also become powdery or softened

A mild fungal toenail infection can be treated with antifungal medications and tea tree oil.

Signs of a more advanced infection include:

●      More pronounced discoloration will develop, usually brown, gray or yellow

●      Pronounced ridges will be evident in the toenail

●      Skin around the nail will take on a scaly appearance

●      An unpleasant odor often is caused by the fungi

●      Pain and discomfort will be evident when wearing shoes, walking or standing

People who have a weakened immune system, poor blood circulation, or peripheral nerve damage from diabetes are more susceptible to developing microbial infections.

If a toenail fungal infection is left untreated, the fungi can spread and blood poisoning can occur.

Be sure to see your foot doctor for the proper treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies, Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.