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Causes and Implications of Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, commonly known as toenail fungus, is a fungal infection that affects the toenails, leading to discoloration, thickening, and brittleness. This condition occurs when dermatophyte fungi invade the nail bed, typically thriving in warm, moist environments such as sweaty shoes or communal showers. Additionally, yeast and mold can also contribute to the development of onychomycosis. Several factors increase the risk of contracting this infection, including aging, poor circulation, and a weakened immune system. Other factors include trauma to the nail and pre-existing conditions like diabetes or athlete's foot. Furthermore, habits such as walking barefoot in public areas or sharing nail grooming tools can facilitate fungal transmission. Onychomycosis not only affects the aesthetic appearance of the nails but can also cause discomfort, pain, and difficulty in walking if left untreated. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options which often include prescribed medication for complete healing.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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