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When should I see my doctor about fungal nail infection?

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Anytime you think you have a fungal nail infection, or any nail problem, and treating it at home doesn’t help, see your doctor or podiatrist (foot doctor). The sooner you go, the sooner your doctor can help.

Fungal nail infections can get worse over time. See your doctor if you notice your nail has turned brown or black, if it suddenly hurts, or if it pulls away from the nail bed.

If you have diabetes and you notice that the look of your toenails has changed even a little, see your doctor right away to prevent the problem from getting worse.

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Fungal nail infections.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “A large-scale North American study of fungal isolates from nails: The frequency of onychomycosis, fungal distribution, and antifungal susceptibility patterns.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail fungus,” “Ingrown toenails,” “Nails.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for nail infections.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Paronychia,” “Fungal nail infections.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail fungus.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Fungal nail infections.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “A large-scale North American study of fungal isolates from nails: The frequency of onychomycosis, fungal distribution, and antifungal susceptibility patterns.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail fungus,” “Ingrown toenails,” “Nails.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for nail infections.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Paronychia,” “Fungal nail infections.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail fungus.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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