Like the old saying, “The early bird gets the worm,” looking for things early, before they become a problem, can help you make the most of opportunities and minimize issues. This is especially true for your health. Catching heart disease or cancer early gives you better odds of treating it successfully. The same is true of nail fungus. The more it grows and spreads under your toenails, the harder it is to treat, so catching it early can make a difference for your recovery. Of course, to catch it early, you have to know what to look for.
Fungal toenails are an unsightly, embarrassing infection that’s quite contagious and difficult to eliminate. Your feet and nails can be exposed to the pathogen that causes it almost anywhere, but especially in public areas that are warm and damp, like pools and locker rooms. The infection damages the hard keratin over time, which can become painful in advanced cases.
However, the earlier you catch it, the easier it can be to eradicate it and save your nails. So how do you catch it in the early stages? Inspecting your nails for changes every day is the most beneficial thing you can do for your toes. Here are key symptoms to watch for as you examine your nails:
- White or discolored spots that aren’t from an injury
- Unusual white or yellow streaks in your nail
- Crumbling along the edges or tips of the nail, particularly where it’s discolored
- Flaking areas on the keratin
You may also notice an increase in foot odor and distortions in your nail shape as time goes on. If you catch any of these symptoms, don’t wait to see if they spread or worsen. Get them diagnosed right away so any early stages of fungus can be eliminated quickly.
Our team with Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. will carefully examine those early signs of fungus and help you treat an early-stage infection as fast and aggressively as possible. The sooner the pathogen is destroyed, the sooner your nails can heal and avoid greater, more serious damage. Don’t wait if you’ve noticed any early signs of nail fungus. Contact our Connecticut offices for an appointment today: call (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.