If you have a fungal toenail infection that goes untreated for a long time, the affected toenails will undergo some profound changes. Since this process occurs so slowly, you may not be fully aware of the extent of the infection until you see some of the more advanced signs.
A minor fungal toenail infection that is caught early, may be successfully treated with antifungal creams and ointments. These treatments may at first appear to be working, but then the infection returns and continues to get worse because the underlying infection has not been eradicated.
Symptoms of an advanced fungal toenail infection:
- Pronounced color change—Discoloration of the toenails will occur with nails becoming brown, gray, or yellow
- Disgusting odor—An offensive odor is caused by the fungi as it spreads
- Thickening of the toenails—Severe thickening of the nails will often occur
- Scaly skin—Skin around the toenail will take on a more scaly appearance
Other treatments for fungal toenails:
Laser therapy for fungal toenails is often very effective at complete elimination of the fungi. In very severe cases, the toenail may need to be removed to adequately treat the fungal organisms. A new, healthy nail will grow in after many months.
If you have an advancing fungal toenail infection, it is important to see a podiatrist for the proper care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.