The physical shape of your toenails can be indicative of a variety of health problems including nutritional deficiencies, chronic diseases such as diabetes, and bacterial and fungal toenail infections.
Fungal toenail infections can start slowly and be hard to notice in the early stages, since they don’t cause much pain or discomfort. As the condition worsens, the toenails will become more brittle, thicker, and yellowing or graying will occur.
You can help avoid toenail infections by limiting contact with the fungi that cause the infection and by following these excellent tips.
A painful ingrown toenail often affects the big toe, but your other toes may also be affected. Some people have a predisposition for developing ingrown toenails and this can be exacerbated by wearing tight-fitting shoes.
Some of the most obvious signs of toenail fungus are discoloration and yellowing of the nail bed, but the very first indication that the fungi have entered your nail bed is a white or yellow spot that appears under the tip of the nail.
Improperly cut toenails can grow into the soft skin at the edge of your toe, causing swelling, redness, and possibly infection.
One of the major causes of a toenail growing into your skin is improper cutting technique.
The same fungus that causes athlete’s foot is also the culprit when it comes to fungal nail infections.
Toenail fungus—also known as onychomycosis—is a common summer infection featuring yellow, white, or brown discoloration on one or more or your toenails.