There are a number of common toenail fungus side effects that each person affected by toenail discomfort or pain should consider to determine if a fungus is at the root of the problem. Identifying and dealing with these side effects can mean the difference between a quick recovery and weeks of painful foot problems.
A Look At Toenail Fungus Side Effects
It should be noted that any of the side effects discussed here can signal an issue that is more deeply seeded and that may need to be looked at by a physician.
Discoloration and Discharge of the Toenail
In some cases of infection or of fungus discoloration of the nail, nail bed, surrounding tissue, and even foot can be the first sign that something is wrong. Generally discoloration is one of the first factors that lets people know that something is wrong. This discoloration is generally mild to start with greens, yellows, and browns being common and it increases in intensity as the infection progresses.
Discharge from the nail bed is also common. This discharge will generally stink like rotten meat and will be yellow or green in color. This type of discharge is incredibly painful and can lead to infection spreading into other toes if not treated. Discharge is generally very thick and difficult to remove from the toe without the help of a professional that can lance the area to help flush out the infection.
Pain and Swelling
As the tissue around and under the infected toenail begins to swell, pus from the fighting of the infection starts to build up under the skin, this pressure from the build up of infection can cause pain and tenderness that may make wearing shoes uncomfortable or even impossible. It is important that when swelling occurs, a doctor is consulted immediately. This swelling is generally the second sign of foot fungus or infection that may require doctor intervention and medication. This pain and swelling can come and go but may also be present through the duration of the infection and fungus.
Loss of Toenails
The loss of toenails is always the last step in an infection and a definite signal that medical intervention is needed. If a patient loses a toenail it means that the infection has seriously compromised the health and integrity of the nail bed and that medication, often antibiotics, are needed to help kill the infection and restore health of the nail.
This level of infection is generally very painful and makes it necessary to quickly seek medical help and try to remedy the infection before it becomes any further infected. It is important that with any signs of infection or fungus the patient takes the time to remedy the situation before the infection becomes too intense and causes any permanent damage that may not be reversible.
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