How to Spot Nail Fungus Before It Gets Worse
Nail fungus may seem harmless when you first see it, but it can cause a variety of problems if you don’t treat it right away and prevent it from spreading.
This fungal infection is notorious for being difficult to treat, often requiring multiple treatments from medical professionals to get rid of them completely. It can also be contagious, easily spreading to your other toenails or others’ if you’re not careful.
Given how difficult nail fungus can be to remove, it’s important to spot nail fungus early and treat it as soon as possible before it gets worse.
What to Watch Out For
Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of nail fungus you should watch out for:
- Thickened nail – Infected toenails often start to thicken before becoming brittle and flaking off.
- Brittle or flaky toenail – Look out for corners or tips that have crumbled or flaked off. Infected toenails will also have deep or shallow patches on the surface from parts that have crumbled.
- Yellowish or darkened toenail – Nail fungus will gradually change the colour of your toenail. Infected toenails will often turn yellowish or brownish.
- Yellow or white streaks on the nail – Toenails that are starting to get infected will often show white or yellowish streaks before affecting the entire nail.
A Sure Way to Identify Nail Fungus
One challenge in identifying nail fungus early is that some symptoms are similar to those of other nail conditions (e.g. nail psoriasis). Sometimes, the symptoms of nail fungus may also not be severe enough to identify clearly.
If you’re not sure whether you have nail fungus or not, the best way to confirm it is by consulting with a podiatrist.
Podiatrist’s can evaluate your nail to confirm whether your toenail is infected. In some cases, they can even scrape part of your nail and have it analysed in a laboratory to confirm the presence of fungus or infection.
How to Treat Nail Fungus and Stop It from Spreading
If you have nail fungus, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading and getting worse.
Podiatrist’s will often prescribe anti-fungal medication or topical treatments for treating nail fungus and mitigating the symptoms. These treatments, however, will often need to be sustained for a long period (often for months or sometimes years) to remove the fungus completely.
But if you’re looking for a quick and effective way to remove nail fungus, we recommend PACT® Fungal Nail Treatment.
PACT® stands for Photodynamic Antimicrobial Therapy, which uses a combination of light, oxygen, and a photosensitive agent to kill fungal cells in your nail without harming other tissues.
It’s completely safe to use and has no known contra-indications, making it an excellent alternative to topical treatments or oral anti-fungal medication.
PACT® also has a high 80% clinical success rate, so it’s a top treatment option for minor to moderate cases of nail fungus.
Book a Consultation Today
If you have nail fungus and want it gone as soon as possible, book a consultation with our podiatrist to have it assessed and treated.
We’ll determine the best treatment options to stop your nail fungus from getting worse and ultimately get rid of it completely.