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What causes Toenail Fungus?

What causes Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus can want to keep your toes hidden. No one wants to show yellow, broken nails in public. Read on to understand the causes, symptoms and treatment of toenail fungus.

Causes

Toenail fungus is caused due to an overgrowth of fungus in, under, or on the nail. This could be caused due to being inside the shoes for a long time, especially in warm, humid weather. Since it is an infection, ensure that your pedicurist uses disinfected tools for your pedicure. Other common causes of nail fungus include –

  • Walking barefoot in public areas, such as the pool shower.
  • Injury to the nail
  • Poor circulation, such as in people with diabetes
  • Athlete’s Foot

Signs and Symptoms

Common signs of nail fungus include unpleasant odor from the foot or nail, a distorted nail, or a thickened or brittle nail. The infected nail may have white or yellow streaks, the m=nail may show signs of disintegration or the nail may fall off completely.

Treatment

It is best to seek professional treatment for toenail fungus from a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may prescribe –

  • a prescription oral antifungal to eliminate the infection
  • topical treatments to apply onto the nail

Prevention

The best way to prevent a toenail fungal infection is to keep your toenails dry, trimmed and clean.

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