A fungus is an organism that lives in warm moist areas. Fungus of the toenails is a common problem that can affect people of all ages, although it most commonly affects individuals who are older.
Toenail fungus often begins as an infection in the skin called tinea pedis. The fungus often starts under the nail fold at the end of the nail. Over time, it grows underneath the nail and causes changes to its appearance, such as a yellow or brownish discoloration. It can also cause thickening and deformity of the toenail.
If the nails are infected, we will often cut or grind back the infected nail. Because the infected nail is dead, the removal of the nail is a painless procedure. We will suggest treatments that you can put on the infection.
Foot hygiene is of the utmost importance. You do not want the fungus to spread to your skin and cause tinea. Shoes need to be kept in a well-ventilated area. Socks or stockings need to be washed after each use, and infected nails need to be cut short. Also, you should visit your doctor or podiatrist regularly.