Toenail fungus happens to be a commonplace affliction, and the condition can range from severe to mild to barely even there. Most cases of toenail fungus are not severe, but it can develop into something painful for some. Others may just be self-conscious and a tad bit uncomfortable about how their feet look.
The great news is that nail fungus is very treatable. The sooner you act, however, the easier it will be to get rid of the ugly discolored, and deformed fungal nails. But for you to be able to do that, you need to know what a toenail fungus looks like and through which symptoms it typically manifests.
Toenail Fungus Symptoms
Here are the symptoms of toenail fungus that you need to watch out for:
- Discoloration in one or more nails. It is typically yellow or brown, but it can also be milky white.
- A nail that gradually becomes deformed. It may have even started to separate from the nail bed, or it is close to coming off fully.
- Brittle or ragged nails.
- Difficulty putting on shoes and a constant, throbbing pain when walking.
- Depending on the severity, fungal toenails may also give out an unpleasant odor.
Fungal toenails may also be a result of a fungal skin infection between the toes, which is commonly called foot ringworm or athlete’s foot. So if you have any of the symptoms of toenail fungus, it might be a good idea to check the webbing between the toes for any type of infection.
Causes of Toenail Fungus?
At the risk of sounding blunt, bad foot care is a major reason why fungi nest their homes under toenails. This can include a variety of causes, such as:
- Toenail fungus is most commonly caused by a fungal organism called the dermatophyte.
- In some cases, molds, yeast, and bacteria around the toenails can grow into a full-fledged nail fungus.
- It can also form when a cut, bruise, or crack in your nail or your skin goes untreated, allowing the fungus to fester.
- Sweaty feet are another popular breeding ground for nail fungus. Fungus loves anything warm and damp, and it can start living underneath your toenail.
Your best course of action is to start treating your fungal toenails as soon as you discover them.
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