Mycotic nail treatment
Symptoms of a mycotic nail
While some of these symptoms may not necessarily be a sign of a problem, such as normal nail yellowing with age, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist as soon as you notice any changes in the nail as a preventative measure.
A toenail fungus develops when a fungus enters the nail through tiny cracks or breaks in the skin. It then settles under the nail, where it feeds on the nail tissue, grows and reproduces. As the fungus grows and spores form, the mycotic nail changes color, thickness and composition. Eventually, the fungus itself can dislodge the nail and cause it to fall off.
Common causes of mycotic nails
Fungal infections, such as a mycotic nail, can develop anywhere on the body, but feet are especially vulnerable because our shoes provide a dark, warm and moist environment for fungi to develop.
Common signs and symptoms of mycotic nails can present in a few possible ways:
- Yellow, brown or white discoloration of the nail
- Thickening of the nail surface Brittleness, crumbling or chipping on or below the nail surface
- Fragile or cracked nail
- Unpleasant odors from the nail or surrounding skin
- The nail is lifting from the nail bed
- Symptoms can affect part of a nail, the entire nail, or several nails