Do you know when to worry about toenail discoloration? Knowing the signs of a serious fungal infection is very important, because if it is left untreated, it may become infected and cause you some very serious health problems.
If your overall health is pretty good, then in most cases you have very little to worry about. If; however, you are over 60 or have a chronic disease such as diabetes, you may be more prone to these types of infections.
Injuring your foot, and subsequently, your toenail can leave the nail bed open to infection. You also increase your risk of infection if you walk around barefoot often or at public places, such as the swimming pool, with no shoes or sandals.
Looking at your toenails often and making a note of the condition that they are in should be a part of your weekly grooming routine. If you notice that your nails are discolored, look at them more closely. If you see any of these signs, then it is a good idea to investigate your treatment options:
*If they are thickening or crumbling, splitting or peeling or separating from the nail bed or from the skin surrounding the nails.
*You notice yellow streaks in the bed of the nail or under the nail.
*Large buildup of debris under the nail or around it.
*White spots or streaks on top of your nails.
*Any pain or redness around the toes, nail bed or surrounding skin.
When to worry about toenail discoloration? When it becomes painful to carry on with your daily life, you have problems walking, your feet hurt all of the time. If you leave an infection such as this too long, it can spread and take over every toenail on an entire foot. Next, it will move to the other foot. After that, if you leave it untreated, you can be looking at surgery to remove all of your toenails.
It is very important to keep an eye on your toenails and keep them clean and dry. This is the best way to prevent any infection and to decrease the chances that you will get an infection. To summarize, it is time to worry about discoloration when:
*You have severe pain.
*You notice pus or redness.
*You have a fever.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may need to attend a medical clinic immediately.