NAIL FUNGUS

 

Are your nails thickened, yellow, or deformed?  It’s possible that you are suffering from toenail fungus.

 

It is important to know that not all toenails that are thick or yellow got that way because of a fungal infection.  These symptoms can also be caused by lichen planus, psoriasis, cardiovascular disease or even melanoma.  It is also necessary to distinguish between these conditions in order to ensure that treatment is effective.  Only a specialist can give a precise diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate treatment.

 

The affected toenail gradually breaks down as the infection progresses.  If the toenail is neglected or improperly treated, the fungal infection can lead to severe complications including abscesses beneath the nail, ulcers, or bacterial infections.

 

TREATMENT OF NAIL FUNGUS

 

It is important to consult your podiatrist as soon as you notice an infected toenail.  Depending on the seriousness of the infection, your specialist can carry out a mechanical removal, prescribe specialist drugs or remove the affected area (nail and tissue).

 

Feel free to request a consultation.

 

Source : Ordre des podiatres du Québec

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