Fungal toenails occur when microorganisms known as fungus reside in your toenails. This can lead to a discoloration, and thickening of the toenails.
Changes in color, odor and thickening of the nails are usually the hallmark features of fungal toenails.
The first line of treatment for fungal toenails is prevention and good podiatric hygiene. Topical medication and oral medication can also aid in treatment. It is important to seek treatment as early as possible, as the longer it goes untreated, the longer it takes for treatment.
Frequently asked questions
What causes fungal toenails?
Cold, dark, damp areas public areas, like showers, pools, and gyms are one of the main causes for acquiring fungus. Fungus can also be acquired from other family members sharing the same bathroom. Also underlying conditions can also lead to higher susceptibility to toenail fungus.
What can be done to prevent fungal toenails?
Proper podiatric hygiene is key to renew prevention of toenail fungus. Also limiting and avoiding the use of public area barefoot, and washing your feet daily will help in its prevention.
Can the fungus spread from one toenail to the next?
Toenail fungus usually starts by infecting one toenail, and then slowly spreads from one toenail to the next over time. This is why it is imperative to see your doctor as soon as possible.
Is this what I have?
This is just a one of the thousands of possible issues our feet can have. Unfortunately many of the symptoms are similar for many pathologies, changes in color being one the most common symptom of all. Therefore it is imperative to see a professional as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis and the proper treatment.