What causes my toenails to change color and thickness?
The most common cause of discolored and thick toenails is fungus. The fungi is a microscopic organism that invades the nail and causes an infection underneath the surface of the nail. The toenails are susceptible to this infection because of the warm,dark,and moist environment when wearing closed toe shoes,walking barefoot swimming pools,showers,locker rooms. Other common risk factors for toenail fungus are diabetes,poor circulation,immune-deficiency conditions,untreated athlete’s foot, and excessive perspiration.
Toenail fungus,or onychomycosis is usually ignored for years because the infection does not cause any pain initially. However, if the infection is untreated it can spread to other toes and progress from mild to severe and become painful when walking in shoegear due to an abnormal increase in thickness of toenail.
If home remedies and OTC products have failed ,then you should visit a podiatrist. Your podiatrist can detect a fungal infection early,culture the nail ,determine the cause,and recommend the best treatment options. The treatment option selected depends on the severity of the fungal infection. The newer oral antifungals,FDA approved,is one of the best treatments because the infection is underneath the surface of the nail. The latest treatment is Laser therapy,FDA approved,toenail fungus.
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