What is Nail Fungus?
Nail fungus is when fungi infect one or more of your nails. It may start as a yellow or white area at the tip of the toe nail. The nails may become yellow or become thickened. The nail may become dull, flaky and painful.
What causes Nail Fungus?
Most fungi like to live in warm, moist environments, such as swimming pools and showers. Shoes are another prime place form fungi to live because it is a dark moist warm environment. The body is more prone to fungal infection in the toes due to diminished blood flow to toes as compared to the fingers, which makes it harder for the body to detect and fight the infection.
What can the doctor do for me?
The doctor will evaluate your feet, check for any other issues such as Athlete’s foot or circulation issues. He may take a culture of the nails to determine what type of fungus you have and how best to treat you. He will then discuss with you the best way to treat your nails. He may prescribe an anti-fungal medication. The most important thing to remember is to call for an appointment for the doctor to see how best to treat you and make YOU more comfortable!