DON'T IGNORE YOUR YELLOW TOENAILS
If you have yellow toenails, or perhaps your toenails look thicker than usual, or the toenail is crumbling, it's very likely that you have a foot nail fungus. Don't ignore this common nail fungal infection. You should take action to treat them. If you do not treat those nails and leave them too long, it might become almost impossible to cure.
TOENAIL FUNGAL INFECTIONS SYMPTOMS
- Yellow toenails which may turn darker in color
- Thicker toenail than usual
- Flaky, crumbling toenails
- A nail that keeps splitting
- Debris under the toenail that give off a bad smell
- Pit marks on the nail
As the infection develops, the nail might become brown and gradually crumble or fall off.
There is another type of toenail fungus, known as 'white superficial onychomycosis' in which the nail turns white and powdery.
Toenail fungus is common. Estimates say up to 48% of people have had at least one toe nail infection by the time they have reached 70 years of age. About 2.5 million Americans visit a podiatrist every year for toenail fungal infection treatment, and there are probably millions more to do not take action, because they do not realise the problem, or they ignore it or treat it themselves.
WHAT CAUSES YELLOW TOENAILS AND FUNGAL INFECTIONS?
Fungi thrive in dark, moist, warm environments. Fungi are related to mold and mildew. So stockings, stocks and shoes are perfect for them to multiply and grow. Your feet and toenails take quite a battering. You are running around, jamming your feet into different shoes, and doing varied activities on your feet. It's quite easy to create a small tear in our nail. The nail fungi uses this rupture to infect the nail. Toenail fungal infections may also be passed in public areas such as community showers or sports centers or via pedicure sets used in professional nail salons.
A nail fungus is known medically as onychomycosis.
TOENAIL FUNGAL INFECTION TREATMENTS
- Maintaining good foot hygiene:
- change your socks daily
- wear good shoes that breathe and give you space at the toe area to prevent them from getting squashed
- do not wear the same shoes on consecutive days (it takes at least a day for shoes to dry properly)
- Keep your feet dry.
- Dry your feet with a clean towel and do not share the towel
- Keep your toenails trimmed and cut your nails carefully, do not cut them too close to your skin and do not dig down at the sides
- Disinfect any pedicure tools before you use them (and do the same if you are visiting a nail salon)
- Nail fungus liquid and creams
- Oral antifungal medications (consult a doctor as there are side effects)
- Neil gels
A PODIATRIST AND YOUR TOENAIL FUNGUS
See a podiatrist (formerly known as chiropodists) if the situation does not improve. A podiatrist is an expert in the treatment and problems associated with the lower leg, ankle and feet. They will remove as much of the infected nail as possible, either by trimming it with nail clippers, or filing it down. They might even use a paste that dissolves the nail away. They will probably give you an anitfungal cream or a medicated nail polish. If the infection has spread over several nails, they may prescribe oral antifungal pills. These may cause side effects or serious interactions with other drugs so use under supervised care.
If your toenail fungus does not work with any of the above treatments, the nail might have to be removed under surgery.
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PS: Here is an accompanying article on fungal infections.