Signs and Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

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PA Foot and Ankle Associates

how to get rid of toenail fungusIt may start as a small white or yellow spot on your toenail. Not believing it’s anything serious, you go on with your life. Soon, the spot enlarges and your toenail starts to actually deteriorate – it starts to crumble, yellow, and become thick and painful.

Patients are usually embarrassed by toenail fungus, believing it’s the result of poor hygiene. It isn’t. Toenail fungus, called onychomycosis, is the result of microscopic fungi which make their way into the toenail, usually through cracks or other damage. It can also be caused by a mold or yeast infection.

If your feet were constantly exposed to air and light, fungus wouldn’t have much of an opportunity to grow. But since your feet are surrounded by shoes and socks all day, creating a dark, wet environment, a fungal infection can grow quickly. There is also little blood circulation to your toenails, making it…

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