If you think you have toenail fungus, chances are that you do. There are some other ailments that tend to look like nail fungus, and when nails are yellow they can indicate a variety of conditions, but the fact remains that the other symptoms are quite ambiguous. Not only the yellow color in the nails, but the thickness of the nails is one indicator of the issue along with the fact that infected nails are often very thick and horny in texture. They are hard to clip and have a tendency to grow in an irregular pattern.
If you think that you have this fungus, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. The more advanced the infection gets, the worse it can be for those who are trying to treat it and the longer of a time it has to set in the longer it can take to cure completely. Nail fungus cannot just be eradicated; it has to grow off so as long as it will take to clip off a full nail and regrow a new one is as long as it can take to get rid of.
If you notice that you have thicker nails on your feet or toes, they are increasingly hard to clip, are yellow in color and seem to be crumbling when you try to clip them, chances are that you are right about the fact that you have toe nail fungus. From here, the next step is to make an appointment with your doctor to find out for sure whether or not that is what is going on with you.
Once you make an appointment with your doctor you are on your way to being able to find out how you can go about treating the issue. There are numerous ways to go about treatment and the method that is best for you depends on your body, your immune system, how extensive the infection is and how faithful you can be to it.
Some infections are so far gone that only antifungal medications taken orally stand the chance of being able to help cure it. The most popular medication for this purpose is Lamisil, and that is likely what your doctor will prescribe.
In addition to the oral antifungal medications it may also be a good idea to make use of some of the creams and ointments that can be purchased over the counter at the drug store. Talk to your pharmacist about their favorite choice for this type of treatment, and let them know whether or not you will be taking prescription medications in addition.
Toenail fungus is notoriously hard to treat, but not to notice. If you have just contracted it, it may be more difficult to find out whether or not that is what is wrong with you and that is when the doctor is the most important as that is the prime time for treatment.