Some infections are easy to detect, like the bumps from chicken pox or vomiting from food poisoning. However, other infections, like nail fungus, develop slowly, which means that the signs may not be apparent right away. This means that you have to be extra careful to notice signs of nail fungus early. So what are the signs of nail fungus exactly?
Nail fungus symptoms can present in different order for different people, but generally people tend to have some common symptoms that start of milder at first, but then gradually worsen significantly. This is why it is important to not ignore your signs of nail fungus even if they seem mild. The most universal sign of nail fungus is a change in appearance of the nail. It usually starts as the nail becoming yellow, either in certain spots or in entirety. As the infection becomes severe the nail may become even darker in color, turning brown or black. Over time the texture of the nail also changes, with the nail becoming thicker and more brittle. At this point, the nail becomes very difficult to cut, and often needs to be cut by a podiatrist. Many people also complain of an aching pain on their nails, which can occur in the early stages of infection, or later on. Sometimes nail growth slows down significantly, or even stops.
Nail fungus when ignored can become quite severe, often spreading to others in your family or general vicinity, or other parts of the body. To ignore it is a mistake, since it does not tend to go away on its own. If you have gotten it, you can easily get treated using the FDA-approved PinPointe laser, which typically takes only one treatment. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors at one of our over 120 locations.