Anyone would cringe at the thought of a severe toe nail fungus. When left untreated, it can cause extreme pain on the foot. When in its advanced stages is unsightly, too. Not many people would want to be near you if you have it. You should therefore, prefer to avoid it if you can. Here's what you should know about severe cases.
Toe Nail Fungus
It starts as a little dot. After some time, the white dot may grow bigger and may begin to spread. The white color may later make your toe nail look dull. The color could also change to yellow. This is the early stage of the condition. If you do not do anything, it can get even worse.
The Color – Severe conditions can turn your nail color to black. The edge of your nail could become ragged and the surface, flaky. Your nail will become thicker and thicker due to dead nail cells piling up. You may begin to experience some slight pain. Your nail may also begin to give off a foul odor.
Making it Worse
Some cases do not become worse. The problem can be treated in its initial stages. Sometimes though, we can make toe nail fungus much worse because of our own actions. Some of the temporary solutions that we adopt can actually make the condition worse.
Covering up for example can worsen the condition. Some people may naturally try to mask their condition. Since toe nail fungus is an ugly and embarrassing sight, they may try to use nail polish, closed shoes or even fake nails to disguise toe nail fungus. All these masking techniques however can do more harm than good. Toe nail fungus loves dark, moist and warm environments. You are providing just that by covering up. Masking your problem can only lead to severe toe nail fungus.
Solution for Severe Cases
Options – The solutions for severe cases are not pleasant. If your condition no longer responds to topical applications, you may be prescribed with oral antifungal medication. In some cases, oral medication may result in side effects. The most serious side effect that you can expect would be liver problems caused by prolonged intake of antifungal medication. If medication is not enough, a doctor may have to remove the infected nail.
What You Should Do
Treat it early. You do not want to end up with a bad infection. You should therefore try your best not to get infected. You can do this by keeping your nails clean and trim and by avoiding bare contact with public wet surfaces. You should also be careful with your choice of salon if you are in the habit of getting a pedicure.
Be cautious. You may not be able to avoid nail fungi entirely. If you already have it, make sure you respond early and quickly. Early stages of toe nail fungal infections respond better to treatment in its early stages. Apply a good topical treatment on it as soon as you notice symptoms.