Thickened toenails that turn a yellow color can indicate that a toenail fungus has developed. Additional symptoms can include brittle nails, and in severe cases, the nail may turn black, and fall off. The fungus that causes this type of infection lives and thrives in warm and moist places, and is considered to be contagious. These can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. Additionally, wearing shoes and socks that are wet may significantly contribute to the onset of toenail fungus. An effective preventive technique is to wear appropriate shoes while in these areas, and it can help to wear shoes and socks that remain dry. If you have signs of a toenail fungus developing, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you the right treatments for you.
If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
- Warped or oddly shaped nails
- Yellowish nails
- Loose/separated nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
- Brittle, broken, thickened nail
If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.
In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.
In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lake in the Hills, Cary, Fox Lake, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, Elgin, and Hinsdale, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.