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Nail Fungus

Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common problem that affects people of all ages. It begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail but it’s more common in Toenail.

Nail infections are typically caused by a fungus that belongs to a group of fungi called dermatophytes. A small percentage of nail fungus cases can also be caused by other types of fungus such as mold or yeast, so an accurate diagnosis should be undertaken to pick the most effective treatment.


Fungal toenail infections have the double effect of being painful and crippling one’s self-confidence. Many people, embarrassed of their nail fungus, police their own foot-wear to avoid exposing their toes and cannot enjoy wearing regular shoes.

Nail Fungus Symptoms That You Should Be Aware Of:

  • Thickened
  • Whitish to yellow-brown discoloration
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged
  • Distorted in shape
  • A dark color, caused by debris building up under your nail
  • Smelling slightly foul

Nail Fungus Treatments You Might Wanna Consider

Once a nail infection begins and it can persist indefinitely if not treated, and even spread to other toes.

There are several different forms of treatment including

  • oral medications
  • topical lacquers
  • stronger remedies that require a prescription from doctors

Getting prescription from doctors is advisable because toe nail fungus can lead to other complications in individuals with diabetes or other immune deficiency disorders.


Some oral medications can increase the risk of harmful liver-related side effects in certain individuals, so be cautious about doctors who want to treat you with oral, rather than topical medications.


Top 5 Foot Health Tips To Prevent Toenail Fungus

  • Make sure to regularly wash your feet with soap and clean water and remember to dry your feet thoroughly after washing
  • Ensure that your footwear fits properly and your toes has a plenty of space to move around
  • Keep your toenails trimmed to prevent tears to the nail edges
  • Washing your feet regularly with soap and water
  • Remember to dry your feet thoroughly after washing

When To Visit A Podiatrist

You should visit a podiatrist when you notice any discoloration, thickening, or deformity of your toenails. The earlier you seek professional treatment, the greater your chance at getting your nails to clear.

As part of our wide range of treatments for nail conditions, StepEase Podiatry experts can assist with toenail fungus by treating infected nails and restoring them to their original health.

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