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Podiatrists in Dallas, TX, Explain Toenail Fungus

podiatrists-in-dallas-txAre Your Nails Discolored?

You may have noticed a yellow or white spot under your fingernail – or more commonly – your toenail. The nail or nails may appear thicker, as well as brittle or broken around the edges. You may also notice dark spots or even an odor.  Nail fungus is also known as onychomycosis, and our podiatrists in Dallas, TX, say mild cases don’t usually require additional treatment.

What Causes Nail Fungus Infections?

While many types of yeasts, molds, and fungi can give rise to an infection, the most common type is dermatophyte, which affects hair and skin as well. Some of the risk factors include…

Age – Older adults are more susceptible to fungus infections, due to the reduced blood flow that comes with the aging process.

Excess Moisture – Heavily used communal areas like locker rooms, pools, and gyms are places where fungus grows and thrives.

Certain Medical Conditions – Diabetes, psoriasis, weakened immune system, or circulation disorders make people more prone to getting fungal infections.

Brittle Nails – Cracks in your nails can be an entry point for fungi.

Steps You Can Take for Prevention

  • Choose breathable fabrics for both socks and footwear to prevent excess moisture buildup.
  • Wash your hands and feet daily – especially if you already have toenail fungus, as it can easily spread to your other nails.
  • Wear sandals when you use the gym showers or walk around the pool area or locker room.
  • Be sure to ask nail salons about their sterilization techniques between clients.

Do You Need to See Our Podiatrists in Dallas, TX? Make Your Appointment Today!

While toenail fungus infections are usually not serious, a more advanced case can be quite painful, as well as cause permanent damage to your nails or spread to other areas of the body. Dallas Podiatry Works can help – contact us to speak to one of our friendly team members today.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Dallas, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.

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