Many disorders can affect the nails, including deformity and dystrophy, injuries, infections, and ingrown toenails. Most nail infections are fungal (onychomycosis), but bacterial and viral infections occur. Toenail fungus is an often-embarrassing condition characterized by cracked and discolored toenails. Left untreated, nail fungus can lead to pain and discomfort as well as more severe conditions such as severely ingrown or broken toenails and infections.
Causes of Nail Disorders:
nail fungus is most commonly caused by dermatophyte fungus as well as yeast and mold. These microscopic fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and make their way into the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin.
Symptoms of Nail fungus:
Nail fungus is typically characterized by nails that are:
- Separating from the nail bed
- Surrounded by a yellowish, foul-smelling build-up
People should talk to their doctor if they notice changes to their nails. A medical professional can diagnose the condition and recommend suitable treatment. If someone undergoes treatment for a nail disease and there is no improvement, or new symptoms develop, they should seek medical advice.
Given that other conditions such as psoriasis can mimic the look and symptoms of nail disorders, diagnosis is best made using a lab analysis of scrapings from under the nail in addition to a physical examination. Our podiatrist will determine your case and treatment options after a thorough evaluation of your feet.
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