What happens if you leave toenail fungus untreated?

Have you recently looked down at your feet and noticed your toenails are discolored or deformed? If so, you may be dealing with toenail fungus. Although you may not particularly care about nail fungus, you must seek treatment for this condition right away. Our podiatrists at Great Neck Family Foot Care warn that if you don’t, complications can arise.

Symptoms Of Toenail Fungus 

Treatment should be administered right away to ensure there are no lasting effects from your toenail fungus. The best way to allow for this is to know when your toenails have been infected. Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care, our team would like to point out some of this condition’s most common symptoms. If you notice any of the below after examining your toenails, please don’t hesitate to seek out treatment:

  • Thickening of the nail.
  • Whitish to yellowish-brown discoloration.
  • Crumbling of substances built up behind the nail.
  • Distorted shape.
  • A slightly foul smell.

Why Should You Seek Treatment?

Patients who tend not to care about the aesthetics of toenail fungus may think receiving treatment should not be a top priority. However, trying to go this route can lead to some unfortunate complications. Dr. Hochstein, our expert podiatrist, does not want to see that happen to you. He’ll work to implement the treatment methods that will help you avoid the below complications:

  • Permanent damage to the nail.
  • The fungus is spreading to your fingernails.
  • Severe bacterial skin infections. 

Treatment With Our Team

Once you’ve decided that it is in your best interest to seek treatment, contact our team right away. We have various options for treatment at our disposal that we will use to help eliminate the problem. Depending on the severity of your infection, any of the below can be utilized to your benefit:

  • Oral antifungal medications.
  • Medicated nail polish.
  • Medicated nail cream.
  • Laser treatment.
  • Surgery to temporarily remove the nail.

Schedule an Appointment

At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we know that dealing with toenail fungus can be problematic. That is why our team is committed to providing you with the treatment methods needed to make a full recovery. If you’d like to hear more about what Dr. Hochstein has to offer in terms of treatment, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today!