Toenail fungus can be caused by many irritants, including yeast. Depending on the source of the fungus, symptoms for the condition may vary. Nevertheless, there are clear signs of toenail fungus, if you know what to look for:
It’s unlikely that you will notice toenail fungus at its earliest stages, because the very first indicator is a tiny spot. This spot may be either yellow or white, and if you see it, then visit a doctor or foot laser specialist as soon as possible. Even if you’re worried about feeling silly if the spot is not an indicator of fungus, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. Toenail fungus can last the rest of your life if you don’t seek medical treatment, so be as vigilant as possible.
More often, you won’t realize you have toenail or nail fungus until it progresses significantly. Some of the later-stage signs include:
- Distance between the skin and the nail itself, as if they’re pulling apart.
- A gradual mangling of the shape of the nail.
- Nails that break easily, either in jagged pieces or by crumbling or ripping.
- A mildly unpleasant odor.
- Nails that gradually become more and more matte, as if they’ve been rubbed free of shine.
- Thicker, but not stronger, nails.
- Bits and pieces of broken nail and fungus collected underneath your nails, making them look darker.
If you see any of these signs, then seek a medical expert immediately. Nail fungus is not a condition that improves on its own, and by leaving it untreated, you could potentially pass it on to others.