Fungal Nail Infections (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor for an immediate appointment if a fungal nail infection develops signs of bacterial infection, such as:
Call your doctor for an appointment if your symptoms are troubling you, such as when:
Your doctor can check for signs of fungal infection. If a fungal infection is not treated, it may get worse.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. If a nail is discolored or damaged but is not painful, you may decide not to treat the infection. Antifungal medicine does not guarantee a cure, and antifungal pills (oral medicine) can be expensive and have potentially dangerous side effects. But treatment may stop the infection from causing permanent damage to the nail and increase the chance of a cure.
Who to See
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat a fungal nail infection include:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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