Toenail fungus is a common condition that can destroy the toenail. This is caused by one of many different types of fungi that are attracted to warm, mosit places such as the inside of shoes. Toenail fungus may begin as a small white or yellow spot underneath the tip of the toenail. Once it spreads, it may cause the nail to discolor, thicken and develop crumbling edges.
To avoid contracting toenail fungus it is recommended to do the following.
- Wash shower mats in hot water regularly
- Place antifungal powder in shoes
- Bleach out the shower on a weekly basis
- Avoid ill-fitting shoes
- Wear sandles in locker rooms
- Wash feet with antifungal soap
- Avoid wearing nailpolish
There are various treatments for toenail fungus such as oral antifungal medication, which often works the best to irradicate the condition, and over-the-counter or prescription topical medication. If the condition worsens, a podiatrist will be able to discuss other options for treatment.