Recognizing the Disease

One in ten adults suffer from toenail fungus

Toenail fungus causes yellowing, thickening or crumbling of nails.  Although the fungus usually infects toenails, in some cases fingernails can be infected.  Some patients see nail color changes which can vary from brown or yellow to black or green. The fungus can also lead to streaks or spots down the side of the nail which may result in the loss of the nail.

What causes toenail fungus? Yeasts and molds combine with dampness to cause toenail fungus.  Wearing tight-fitting shoes or not letting feet dry out gives toenail fungus a place to grow.  Other risk factors include diabetes, a compromised immune system, or an abnormal PH skin level.  The likelihood of toenail fungus increases with age which leads to reduced blood circulation, and more risk of exposure.

You’re not alone Toenail fungus, also called onychomycosis, affects 8-10% of all adults, a percentage which increases with age.  People with diabetes and weakened immune systems are more susceptible than others.