Do you have fungus toenails?
Fungal infection of toenails, called Onychomycosis, is a common foot health problem that many people do not recognize. The most common of all the nail problems, fungus can cause a discoloration, dis-figuration and the eventual destruction of the toenail. Fungi are simple parasitic plant organisms, such as molds and mildew, that do not require sunlight for growth. They easily attack the nail, thriving off keratin, the nail's protein substance.
Onychomycosis is an infection underneath the nail that can also penetrate the nail. If it is ignored, it could impair one's ability to work or even walk because it is frequently accompanied by thickening of the nails, which then cannot be easily trimmed, and may cause pain while wearing shoes. This disease can frequently be accompanied by a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection in/or about the nail plate.
How you can tell if you have fungus nails:
- Toenails change color (yellow or brown)
- Nail gets thicker
- Bad odor
- Debris collects beneath the nail
- White marks develop on the nail
What Causes Fungus Toenails?
Fungi love moist dark environments, such as the inside of your shoes, public showers, spas, swimming pools, and locker rooms. This is a highly contagious condition and can be easily passed from person to person by sharing the same socks or shoes, or walking and standing in the same area with bare feet, such as public shower stalls, etc. Once picked up by bare feet, the fungus attacks the nail and can sometimes cause the nail to become yellowish or black.
How Can I Treat Fungus Toenails?
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