Changing leaves on the trees are a pretty side effect of fall, a season that officially kicks off on Tuesday, September 23. The warm color palette that paints the landscape is often formed from a mixture of factors, including color pigments in the leaf, the increased amount of nightfall, and changes in weather. Just like leaves on the trees can signal an autumnal atmosphere, a thickened, dark toenail can be a visible symptom of a fungal nail infection. When identifying nail fungus, consider these characteristics to help you diagnose.
Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, displays very visual signs. One of the most common things that should signal a problem is nail discoloration. Your nail might turn white, yellow, black, green, and may even look like the leaves outside! At first, you might not feel any pain from this, but you’ll feel discomfort later on if the condition isn’t treated.
As the fungus spreads, you might notice dull, thick, brittle, distorted toenails. They may get darker in color as the debris builds. You might also smell a bad odor coming from the affected nail. In some cases, the nail separates from the toe, a condition that’s called onycholysis.
When the condition is at its worst, inflammation and pain are often present. Wearing shoes and walking—basically anything that irritates the nail—will be painful. White and yellow spots can also appear on the nail and you might see scaly spots on the affected toe.
Identifying nail fungus early is an important way to avoid pain in the future. At Sierra Foot & Ankle, we can get rid of your fungal infection with our advanced PinPointe Laser Treatment and our Love Your Toenails campaign! Call our office in Gardnerville, NV, at (775) 783-8037 to meet with Dr. Victoria Melhuish. You can also follow our office on Twitter and Pinterest!