Visual signs of illness are usually the easiest to identify, and if you know what to look for they can help you recognize certain conditions early on. Visual signs of a toenail fungus infection are important to watch out for as part of your regular health routine. These signs usually appear as a change in the color and texture of your toenails. When you notice your toenails start to change in appearance, it is a good idea to talk to a licensed physician for a diagnosis. However, knowing what the signs of toenail fungus look like can help you to keep an eye out for them.
A healthy nail should be completely clear to show your nail bed underneath. It should also be thin and not brittle or cracked. The most common visual change in the nail that is associated with toenail fungus is in their coloring. Early-stage nail fungus usually starts as white dots or lines on the nail. When the fungus gets worse, these or even the entire nail can become yellow. If the fungus is allowed to continue to grow without treatment, the nail can even turn black as fungal quantities increase.
Aside from changes in the color of the nail, nail fungus can also cause a change in the nail’s texture. Fungal nails often become brittle and cracked, especially when the fungus is allowed to grow untreated. The fungus can even cause the nail to lift up from the nail bed, and in extreme cases, the entire nail can detach. It is also a common sign of toenail fungus to see the nail thicken.
If you have noticed any of these color or texture changes in your toenails, it is likely that you have a toenail fungus. To receive a diagnosis and discuss your treatment options, you should speak to a licensed podiatrist and seek out FDA approved treatment. To schedule a consultation with a podiatrist, give us a call at 1-(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.