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How To Tell If Your Toenail Fungus Is Dying Off: 4 Signs

Toenail fungus can be stubborn and hard to clear. Look out for these 4 signs that signal the fungus is dying off and healthy nail is growing in.

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If you’ve found a good toenail fungus treatment and now are wondering about the signs your toenail fungus is finally dying off, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this short guide, we are going to walk you through what to expect when you’re treating toenail fungus. 

Nail fungus treatment can be a lengthy process, so it’s important to stick with it and see it all to the very end.

Below, we will cover the general treatment process, signs that the fungus is dying, and how long treatment might take.

The nail fungus treatment process

Unlike fungal infections on the skin, nail fungi can be a bit more stubborn to get rid of.  

In order to get rid of toenail fungus, you’ll need to treat the nail with antifungal medications and allow for the nail to fully grow out. Using an antifungal allows the nail to grow without the fungus present. 

After the new healthy nail growth has replaced the old fungi-infected toenail, you should be rid of the fungus. However, our nails grow rather slowly. So, this process can take a while. 

Before the nail fully grows out, you might see a few signs that the treatment is making a difference. 

What are the signs the nail fungus treatment is working? 

In some cases, you might not really see sure signs that the fungi are “dying” per se.

But, you might begin to see some subtle changes in the appearance of your infected nail. 

If you see these signs, it’s a good thing, but don’t optimistically stop treatment.

Even if you have great physical changes, it doesn’t mean the fungus is gone -- keep on treating it as long as your doctor recommends.  

Here are 4 positive initial signs your treatment is working:

1. Changes in color

Toenail fungus can cause the nail to become white, yellow, black, or brown.

As the fungus diminishes, the discoloration of the nail might slowly dissipate. Over time, you’ll see areas of discoloration get smaller and smaller.   

2. Decrease in toenail thickness

If your toenail infection has caused your nails to become thick and raised off your nailbed, a sign of effective treatment is a decrease in nail thickness.

However, this might not totally resolve until your nail regrows. 

3. New nail growth is healthy 

Over time the new growth will begin to show at the base of your nail.

If the treatment is working, the new growth should be healthy and will likely look a little different from the upper part of the nail. 

4. Clear delineation between new nail growth and infected nail

With time, new, non-infected nail growth will become longer and longer, making its way from the bottom to the top of your nail.

As this happens you might see a clear line between healthy new growth and the older infected nail.

How long does toenail fungus treatment take?

This full process may take up to a year for your nail to fully grow out the infected nail.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association says fingernails typically grow out in 4 - 6 months while toenails take can take 12 to 18 months.

However, the physical appearance might noticeably improve within a few months.

Even if the physical appearance is better, don’t stop treating the nail as reinfection is very possible. 

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