Because toenail fungus is so contagious, it is a good idea to be on the lookout for any signs that the condition has developed. If you are able to catch a toenail fungus before it develops into an extreme case, any treatment you use for the fungus will be more effective. Additionally, while recognizing toenail fungus signs early into their development you have the opportunity to treat the fungus before it causes severe damage to the nail. While fungus is still just as treatable after major damage has occurred, if fungus is recognized before major cosmetic damage has occurred then you will be able to recover without your nails ever being obviously infected with something.
The first step in recognizing toenail fungus is to know the signs of a budding fungal infection. When fungus infects the toenails, it starts causing a few characteristic changes in the nail’s color and texture. The most common change in the nail’s appearance is the formation of white spots or lines on the nail. This is usually the first sign of toenail fungus infection. After this, the nail fungus can start to cause brittleness, cracking, and thickening of the nail. Once you start to notice any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to be seen by a podiatrist.
Podiatrists are experts at recognizing toenail fungus, so if you have any concerns about the condition forming they are the best professionals to consult. The best podiatric treatment available for toenail fungus is the PinPointe laser, which is FDA approved to cure toenail fungus and typically requires only one treatment to be effective. This laser also has no side effects or downtime. Whenever you are able to recognize toenail fungus, this laser is the best next step because it doesn’t require multiple treatments or months of application like other lasers and oral/topical medications. To schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for the PinPointe laser treatment, give us a call at 1-(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.