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Ways to Avoid Toenail Fungus

If you notice that your toenail has turned yellow or green and has become thickened and brittle, you may have developed onychomycosis. This is an infection that is caused by a fungus called dermatophytes, which also causes athlete's foot. Although a fungal toenail infection is unsightly, it’s not particularly dangerous or severe. It is, however, quite contagious. The fungus thrives in places that are moist and warm, such as public shower rooms, swimming pools and locker rooms. You also may be at risk if you are over 60, have diabetes, psoriasis or poor circulation, have a weakened immune system, have damaged nails, or smoke. The first way to prevent infection is to avoid going barefoot in locker or changing rooms at the gym or swimming pool. Keep your feet clean and dry, especially the area between the toes. Wear clean socks, and replace old shoes that may be a fungal breeding ground. Keep your toenails trimmed, and don’t share your nail clippers. A number of antifungal sprays and other products are available from the pharmacy that can be taken at home. If after two weeks your toenail infection has not improved, it is a good idea to see a chiropodist for advanced treatment options.


Toenail fungus can be uncomfortable and unsightly. If you have diabetes or a compromised immune system, it may also be dangerous. To learn more about treatment options, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Does Toenail Fungus Look Like? 

A fungal infection of the toenail may cause the affected nail to become thickened, brittle, crumbly, and yellowish or brown in color. Sometimes the toenail may separate from the nail bed, become deformed, emit a foul odor, or cause pain or discomfort. 

What Causes Toenail Fungus? 

Toenail fungus is caused by a fungus that infects the nail bed. The fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments and is also contagious. Athlete’s foot, which is a fungal infection of the skin, may spread to the nails and cause toenail fungus. 

What Treatments Are Available? 

Potential treatments for toenail fungus may include oral antifungal medications, topical antifungal medications, such as medicated nail polishes that are applied directly to the affected nail, and laser therapy. Sometimes, a combination of treatments is prescribed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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