Symptoms of Nail Infections
Dry, dull, brittle toenails are often indicative of a fungal infection present and growing underneath the surface. Clinically referred to as onychomycosis, toenail fungus also causes toenails to thicken, distort, darken and, in some cases, cause increased sensitivity and pain. Advanced cases of fungal nail infections can cause the nails to separate from the nail bed and may include a foul odor. These infections can travel between nails, affect the skin and even spread to fingernails if left untreated.
Preventing Fungal Infections
Regular inspection of feet and toenails help keep infections to a minimum. Feet should always be kept clean and dry with the nails being kept at short lengths. Clippings should be made in a straight-across fashion and should not extend beyond the tip of the toe. Well-fitting shoes that breathe well also help in the avoidance or elimination of toenail fungus infections, as does properly-fitted hosiery and socks. Avoid using nail polish on toenails that show signs of being infected and always disinfect home pedicure tools after each use.
If you suspect that you may have a nail fungus infection, schedule a prompt appointment at either our Arlington or Dallas clinic now. We can help you eliminate the infection and help you prevent it from returning with the right nail fungus treatment. ning.