Q What causes fungal toenails?
Fungal toenails are caused by microscopic organisms called fungi. Generally, a kind of fungi called dermatophytes are the culprits, but this condition can occasionally be caused by mold or yeast as well. Fungi grow well in warm, damp places, turning pools, public restrooms, locker rooms, and gyms into easy breeding grounds. Injuries to the nail, too-tight footwear, heavy sweating, and pre-existing conditions that weaken the immune system, like diabetes, increase the risk of contracting a toenail infection. Affected nails are usually discolored, thick, brittle, ragged or crumbly, and could even smell foul.
Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt are toenail restoration specialists and regularly treat fungal toenails with the most up-to-date medical technology. Don’t just put up with your infected nails—contact Dallas Podiatry Works through the website’s contact page or by phone—(972)566-7474 for the Dallas location, (972)943-3323 for the Plano office, or Toll Free at (888)716-5283—for more information.