While attempting to identify a fungal nail problem can be made difficult by the variation in types of conditions, there are a few key factors to look for to make it easier. As many of these symptoms may occur without pain, it is essential that you inspect your feet on a daily basis to ensure the condition does not persist. When scanning over a possible toenail fungus condition you should look for the following:
- The nails becoming brittle or crumbly
- Thickening of the nail
- The shape of the nail becoming distorted
- A lack of sheen or luster / the nail becoming more dull
- Darkening of the nail
- The presence of a foul odor
In some cases patients may also experience pain or a condition known as onycholysis, where the nail separates from the nail bed. Nail conditions will initially be seen as a small white or yellow spot beneath the tip of the nail.
As these conditions are particularly resistant to healing if left untreated, medical attention should be sought at the first sign of trouble. Be sure to contact our Carson City or Gardnerville, NV office before your fungal infection develops any further.