Although fungal toenails are not usually painful, treatment is often sought due to the appearance of the nail as the infection worsens.
Fungal nail infection (onychomycosis) often begins as a superficial white mark on the surface of the nail plate or slight discolouration within the nail itself. At this stage it is likely to respond well to treatment.
If the infection is not treated at this early stage it is likely to progress and eventually the nail will become thickened, discoloured and crumbly. Resolution is then far more difficult to achieve.
If you have a fungal nail infection your Chiropodist / Podiatrist can you help you by providing appropriate advice, discussing the best treatment options for your stage of infection and by reducing the thickness of the nail, removing as much infected material as possible in order to give you the best possible chance of resolution.
In addition, if you want the appearance of the nail to be immediately improved, you may like to consider a reconstructive procedure following your initial treatment - See WILDE PEDIQUE - Nail Reconstruction