Q Why are my toenails thick and discolored?
If you have noticed that your toenails are becoming thickened and discolored, you most likely have a fungal infection in one or more of your toenails. A fungal infection can start out as a tiny white spot but worsen to the point where your toenails are yellowed, discolored, thickened or even crumbling.
Dr. Danciger treats patients with fungal toenail infections on a regular basis. While it is a very common toenail problem, it can be persistent. Once an infection is present, it can be difficult to treat and will only worsen if not treated at all. Infected nails may emit an odor and even begin to separate from the nail bed as the infection worsens.
The bacteria that cause fungal toenail infections are usually found in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms, public showers and swimming pool areas. This may help you figure out where you may have picked up the infection.
A fungal nail infection can become quite painful and leave permanent damage to your toenails if not treated correctly. If you have discolored and thickening toenails, contact our podiatric office for treatment. Dr. Danciger can diagnose what is going on and provide effective treatment to get your nails back to being healthy and beautiful again.