Although most fungal toenail infections aren’t particularly painful at first, it can become uncomfortable or even painful to wear shoes, walk, or stand for a long time without treatment. It is not hard for your foot doctor to treat toenail fungus, so long as you seek treatment before the infection spreads. To help prevent this unsightly and sometimes painful infection, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if you notice these symptoms of toenail fungus.
Distal subungual onychomycosis affects both the nail and the skin underneath the nail. A brittle, broken, and thickened nail is a symptom of this fungal infection. A discolored and thickened nail that separates from the skin under the nail is also a sign of distal subungual onychomycosis.
Another visible sign of distal subungual onychomycosis is yellow streaks in the nail bed and on the underside of the nail. Inspect your toenails closely and schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if you notice unusual yellow streaks.
White superficial onychomycosis is another type of toenail fungal infection that affects the nail surface. White spots on top of the toenail may be an indication of white superficial onychomycosis. Your foot doctor can treat this fungal infection so you can wear open-toed shoes without embarrassment all summer long.
Powdery Nail Surface
A soft and powdery nail surface is another symptom of white superficial onychomycosis. The condition will become more noticeable as the fungal infection gets worse. The sooner you visit your foot doctor, the sooner you can show off your toenails to the world.
These symptoms can also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, and Reiter’s syndrome. If you are experiencing any of these signs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stanley J. Zawada at the Family Foot Center. For more than 25 years, Dr. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff have provided foot care for individuals in Queens. Contact us online or call us at (718) 767-5555 to set up an appointment.