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Your toes generally reside in a warm, damp environment. Unfortunately, this makes for a great area for fungus to grow. If left untreated, fungal infection can spread, which is why it’s so important to get professional help early on and find out about treatment options.
Toenail fungal infections happen when fungus works itself into the cracks or cuts in your toe’s skin. Common signs that you may have a fungal infection include thicker than normal toenails, oddly shaped toenails, discoloration, a yellowish hue to the nail, and separation of the nail from the nail bed.
Fungal infections can affect anyone but are most common among men, those with diabetes or athlete’s foot, and smokers. The risk of having toenail fungus also increases as you age, if another family member has it, and if you have a weakened immune system.
To avoid getting a fungal infection, it’s important to wash your feet daily with soap and water making sure to get in between all your toes and dry the feet well. When cutting your toenails, make sure your clippers are clean and that you trim your nails straight across. It’s also important to wear shoes when you’re in areas where fungus thrives, such as wet public places like locker rooms or swimming pools.
If you or someone you know has fungal toenails, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet and nails to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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