What is Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is an infection underneath the nail caused by fungi. Fungi live in warm, moist environments such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers.

What are the symptoms of Toenail Fungus?

Typically, there are no painful symptoms. However, the toenail might change in appearance or shape. The nail may become brittle and appear gray, yellow, brown, or black. When a person has a cut or separated areas of the toenail, fungi can enter the skin and cause toenail infections. If ignored, the infection can spread to the skin of your feet and possibly impair your ability to work and walk.

Treatment Options:

  • Topical medication
  • Oral antifungal medication
  • Laser Treatment

Can Toenail Fungus be prevented?

To prevent reinfection, practice good foot hygiene by keeping your nails short and keep your feet dry. Wear synthetic socks – synthetic socks wick away moisture and keep feet dryer than cotton or wool socks. Consider changing your socks more than once daily and also wear breathable shoes as much as possible. Avoid going barefoot in public. Wear shoes around public pools and locker rooms.

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