A Possible Indicator of Foot Fungus

Yellow Toenails

If you have yellow toenails or spots that develop that are yellowish then you may have an infected toenail. Toenail fungus is very common on the feet and one of the first signs of a fungal infection is that the toenails begin to develop a yellow spot. As the infection spreads the foot fungus will penetrate deeper into the skin.  You may develop cracked, brittle, and painful yellow toenails if your infection is not dealt with immediately.

Foot Fungus (A Cause of Yellow Toenails) Under the MicroscopeCredit: By Ecorahul (Own work) [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Foot fungus can occur from numerous methods of contact. The two most common are getting small cut on your toe that then becomes infected from the fungus that thrives in the warm moist conditions that are present in your shoes. The other most common cause of yellow toenails or the underlying problem of foot fungus is that feet get infected when they come into contact with fungi in the shower or other area where you may walk around barefoot. If you will be using a public shower such as the one at the local swimming pool then wearing a pair of flip-flops or sandals can help prevent your feet from getting contaminated by the countless fungi that are living on the floor.

Yellow toenails can lead to a rash of medical problems if the foot fungus is not eradicated. Many people will not visit a doctor’s office over a small fungus infection until it becomes sore and infected. It is easier to cure yellow toenail fungus if you visit your physician as soon as you notice a fungus starting to affect your toenail(s).

Topical Ointment for Yellow ToenailsCredit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=905

Various medications may be prescribed to treat your toe fungus. A topical ointment that is applied to the toe may be prescribed or the doctor may also recommend medication that is taken orally. Regardless of what your doctor prescribes, it is important that you follow his or her directions so that you can keep the toenail fungus problem from spreading further. An out of control foot fungus will be extremely painful and could even cause your toenails to fall off.

Preventing Yellow Toenails

The first step in preventing foot fungus from occurring is to have good hygiene. Clean your feet regularly and always wear clean socks. When your feet are sweating remove your shoes and socks and let them get some fresh air. Any time you will be walking on bare surfaces, especially in public areas, it is much safer and sanitary to wear a pair of flip-flops so the soles of your feet do not come in direct contact with the fungus promoting floors.

If you begin to develop small yellow patches on your toenails then it could be indicative of the onset of a toenail fungus problem. At the earliest sign of a potential foot fungus problem such as yellow toenails consult with your doctor. Whatever regimen the doctor suggests is the path you should follow. Each case of yellow toenails is unique so the regimen can vary from person to person. Yellow toenails can also be a sign of a much worse medical problem such as undiagnosed diabetes. Although yellowing of the toenails may not seem like a reason to visit the doctor, it is imperative that you do to have the problem diagnosed whether it is a fungus or something. If you let the fungus get out of control then your simple yellow toenails problem will progressively get worse and will become extremely painful.

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