Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is more common than you think. It begins as a yellow or white spot in the nail. As the fungal infection gets deeper and more severe it causes the toenail to discolor and thicken.

How to Know if you Have Fungal Nails

  • Thickened/hardened nail
  • White/Yellow discoloration
  • Brittle nails
  • Slight smell
  • Dark colored debris build up underneath the nail

When to See your Podiatrist

If the nail becomes increasingly discolored, brittle, and painful then you should see your doctor. Also if you have diabetes and think that you are developing fungus you may also want to make an appointment to see your doctor.

Causes of Fungal Nails

  • Spread from person to person
  • Poor hygiene
  • Damp/moist feet
  • Weakened immune system

Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Walking barefoot in communal bathrooms, pool, gym, etc…
  • Diabetes or other circulation problems
  • Sweating heavily

Prevention

  • Maintain good hygiene (wash and dry feet properly)
  • Wear sweat absorbing socks
  • Keep shoes/socks clean and disinfected
  • Wear proper footwear in communal areas
  • Use disinfectants or antifungal powders

If you or someone you know has symptoms of a fungal toenail infection call the office today at (301) 441 – 2655 to make an appointment for further evaluation from your podiatrist.

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