Fungal toenail infections often proceed rather slowly and you may not even realize there’s a problem until some of the more noticeable symptoms present themselves. Detecting a fungal toenail infection early before it becomes entrenched in the nail bed will make treatment much easier and effective. Once an infection has progressed, nail debridement and laser treatment may be necessary to completely remove the infection.
4 indications that you have a fungal toenail infection include the following:
- The color of the affected toenails will change—Discoloration of the toenails will occur with nails becoming brown, gray, or yellow
- The development of horrible foot odor—An offensive odor is created by the fungal organisms as they feed on your skin and toenails.
- Thick and crumbly toenails will develop—Thickening of the toenails will often occur making them harder to trim properly. See your foot doctor to avoid complications like cuts, bleeding, and bacterial infections.
- Skin texture changes—The skin around the toenail will become scaly and flaky.
In very severe cases, the toenail may need to be completely removed to adequately treat the fungal infection underneath and a new, healthier toenail will eventually take its place.
If you have an advancing and smelly fungal toenail infection, it is important to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and professional treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.