Onychomycosis is the medical term for toenail fungus. The fungi cause an infection under the toenail. It can become darker as it spreads and also has a foul odor. It is not something you want to leave untreated as it can spread to other toes and even your skin. It causes the nail to be thicker and difficult to trim. This can affect your ability to wear shoes and impact your walking. You should see atoenail fungus specialist.
What Causes Toenail Fungus?
Fungi can be anywhere there is moisture. You need to be especially careful when around damp areas such as :
· Swimming pools
If you have any injury or pressure on your toes, it can make them more susceptible to fungal infections.
Treating the Problem
Because there may be no pain for years, the problem is often ignored. But if left untreated, it will get worse. If caught earlier enough, an over-the-counter antifungal and regular cleaning may help. Typically the best treatment is to see a podiatrist. If you notice any thickening, deformity, or discoloration of your toenails, you should make an appointment with District Foot & Ankle. We can also take care of yourfoot, ingrown toenail, and ankle problems. Call and schedule your appointment today.