The reason why we have dark toenails may be vague especially if we are not educated about nail fungus. When our tonail discolors we may become frustrated because of the limitations we face because of it. We would not be able to wear boots when it is winter or sandals when we like to go to the park. It is either we want to hide the imperfection of our nails by wearing closed footwear or we prevent the nails from turning darker and darker by wearing open shoes.
Usual causes of dark toenails
The most common reason why our nails turn dark is trauma. It happens when our toes are suppressed much in a boot or tight footwear. The blood circulation in the nail bed is suppressed and creates clot that will in turn cause the dark color. It is not actually the nail plates that darkens but the nail bed under it.
The second common reason why our nails turn dark is fungus. This time it is not just the nail bed that darkens but also the nail plate. The fungus eats the nutrients for the nails making them weak. They will always tear off if proper medical attention is not given. The fungus will dominate the nail area and destroy the cells that give it life and health.
What are the manifestations that the fungus is already dominating my nail?
Just like other signs and symptoms of toenail fungus, you would also have itchy feeling and your nails would go crumbly. All the discoloration related to toenail fungus start with just a little spot. This is the best time to see the doctor rather than wait until the dark spot becomes bigger.
What should I expect when I visit the doctor?
We may have our preferred doctor and probably already established our relationship and trust with him. It is a little difficult to switch from one doctor to another in specialized cases like this. All general / family doctors might have a little background on toenail fungus, but most probably he will refer you to a podiatrist.
A podiatrist is a doctor who works with foot disorders, which includes dark toenails. He is expected to be updated with different toenail fungus treatments whether commercially-sold or home remedies.
Do not worry because they certainly know what to do.
How many days will it take before my dark toenails recover?
Unfortunately, it is not just days; it will take weeks. The length of time to restore your nails depends on their condition and the treatment that you have used. Some try orally-taken medication which is of high dosage to get rid of the nail fungus faster. This is proven to be effective, but the effects of this might cause serious issues on your liver.
Topical treatments on the other hand are considered the safest way to deal with nail fungus. You just apply the treatment on the infected part twice a day on a regular basis until you see your dark toenails fully restored to a healthy one.