What Happens if You Leave Toenail Fungus Untreated?
posted: Dec. 27, 2022.
How your podiatrist in Omaha, NE, can help you get rid of toenail fungus
If you have thick, ugly, deformed toenails, chances are you have toenail fungus. It may be tempting to just ignore it but ignoring it can only make the problem worse. A much better solution is to visit your podiatrist for treatment. Dr. Kent DiNucci at The Ankle and Foot Clinic in Omaha, NE, provides comprehensive foot and ankle services, including treatment of toenail fungus.
So, what happens if you leave toenail fungus untreated? Untreated toenail fungus can cause damage your toenails. The fungus can also spread to other areas of your toes and feet.
The fungus that invades your toenails thrives in moist, warm areas like public pools, showers, locker rooms, and gyms. One of the easiest ways you can prevent acquiring toenail fungus is to always make sure you never walk barefoot in public areas. Also remember to never share your towels, socks, or linens with other people.
Toenail fungus first appears as a small yellow or white area under your toenail. The area grows larger as the fungus burrows further underneath your toenail. Your toenail will eventually look:
- Thick and brittle
- Darkened and yellowed
- Distorted and oddly shaped
You may also experience the toenail separating from the nail bed, which can cause toe pain.
For mild toenail fungus, you can try:
- Using over-the-counter antifungal creams or lotions
- Trimming and thinning your toenails to relieve toenail pressure
For moderate to severe toenail fungus, you should visit your podiatrist. Common professional treatments for toenail fungus include:
- Prescription medicated nail cream to kill the fungus
- Prescription oral antifungal medication to prevent fungus from growing
- Laser therapy to kill the fungus so a healthy nail can grow
- Surgically removing part or all of the infected nail
Toenail fungus can be unsightly and painful, but relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about the prevention and treatment of toenail fungus, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Kent DiNucci at The Ankle and Foot Clinic in Omaha, NE. You can reach him in the office by calling (402) 331-0221, so call now.