Toenail fungus isn’t just unsightly; infections can become so severe that your toenails begin to break and crumble off. Because toenail fungus can quickly spread and lead to severe toe pain, the leading podiatrists at United Foot & Ankle provide highly effective in-office care in East Brunswick, Keyport, Perth Amboy, Somerset, and Bayonne, New Jersey. Find out more by booking your toenail fungus exam through the website or by calling the office nearest you to schedule.

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What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

One of the most notable signs of toenail fungus is nail discoloration. You might see a few white or yellow streaks in your nail, or you may have severe yellowish or brownish discoloration. As the fungal invaders continue to thrive on the keratin in your toenails, you may start noticing:

  • Crumbling or flaking nails
  • Scaling underneath your nail
  • Distorted nail shape

In advanced stages, you may also have a foul odor coming from your toenails, which indicates a serious fungal nail infection.

How did I get toenail fungus?

Fungal invaders that cause toenail fungus rapidly multiply in environments that are warm, moist, and dark. They can sneak into your skin through the tiniest cut or weak spot, especially if you’re barefoot. It’s possible that you came into contact with fungal toenail-causing organisms from a:

  • Gym locker room
  • Communal shower
  • Pool deck or sauna
  • Nail salon

You may have even gotten toenail fungus by sharing socks or shoes with someone who has a fungal nail infection. This transmission can happen if you try on shoes without socks at the shoe store.

Do I need to see a podiatrist for toenail fungus?

Yes. Even though over-the-counter toenail fungus remedies may help for mild cases, they generally don’t treat the infection thoroughly, and it can keep coming back. This recurrence can be a concern if you’re prone to infections because of diabetes or poor circulation.

When you come in to United Foot & Ankle for your toenail fungus evaluation, your podiatrist examines your feet, talks with you about your symptoms, and determines which treatment may be best.

Your toenail fungus treatment plan may include:

  • Oral antifungal medication
  • Topical antifungal cream
  • Medicated nail lacquer
  • Laser treatments

Your podiatrist spends quality time counseling you on proper nail care so that once your fungal nail infection is under control, you can prevent nail infections in the future.

Before your toenail fungus progresses any further, contact United Foot & Ankle to get started on treatment. Book your toenail fungus online or over the phone with any clinic location.