Once a fungus infects your toenail, it can become worse very quickly. Nail fungus thrives in the moist, dark environments that sweat, shoes, and socks create underneath your toenail. Because of this, fungal growth can happen before you know it. Fungus is a difficult condition to treat successfully, and as with most medical treatments, it is easier to cure before it spreads or worsens. Therefore, it is important to catch your fungus as early as possible to stop it in its tracks. The best way to do this is by knowing the signs of toenail fungus and seeking medical attention as soon as you notice them.
The most common symptoms of early-stage toenail fungus are white discoloration, thickening, and brittleness of the nail. To stop toenail fungus in its tracks and avoid it spreading to other toes or people, immediately take steps to maximize foot hygiene. Don’t share socks, shoes, or toenail clippers with anyone, and avoid walking barefoot whenever possible. This is the best time to seek medical advice. A licensed podiatrist will be able to diagnose your toes and if it is a fungus recommend next steps to stop the condition from worsening.
If you start to notice your nails becoming yellow, very thick, or cracked, this is a sign that a more developed fungal infection has been forming under your nails. At this point, you should seek out an FDA approved treatment from a podiatrist to cure your fungus. If you just allow the fungus to continue growing, the ease of making it stop will lower. Be proactive with toenail fungus to stop it before it becomes bad!
The best treatment to seek out for toenail fungus is the PinPointe laser, which is FDA approved and only requires one treatment to eliminate all fungus. This is beneficial because you don’t need to come in for multiple sessions or use antifungal creams or pills for months on end; you can stop the fungus in just one day. To schedule a free consultation with a podiatrist for the PinPointe laser consultation, give us a call at 1-(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.