Onychomycosis is the scientific name for toenail fungus. Thousands of Americans suffer from toenail fungus on a daily basis. It is an incredibly common nail condition that affects both men and women. There are multiple reasons that a person may be affected by toenail fungus. A podiatrist in Tucson will be able to help you with treatment options for your toenail fungus.

Toenail fungus is, According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, “an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. When the tiny organisms take hold, the nail often becomes darker in color and smells foul.” If left untreated the infection can spread to other nails or into the skin. At first all you may see is a discoloration of your toenails. Again, if left untreated the nails can begin to thicken or become deformed and painful.

Onychomycosis is caused by contact with microscopic fungi. The toenails are more vulnerable when bare feet come into contact with damp and warm locations such as, gyms or common areas, common showers, or swimming pools. If you have sustained an injury to your toenails or the beds, it may be for a fungal infection to start. Podiatrists believe that individuals who have a history of  Athlete’s Foot or excessive perspiration are at higher risk of toenail infections. Fungi reproduced in warm and wet environments. This makes the toenails the likely location of an infection.

Chronic illness can also lead to toenail infections. The illness that can lead to these fungal infections are; diabetes, circulatory problems, or autoimmune conditions. Proper hygiene techniques should be practiced to prevent the possibility of Onychomycosis. You should also never walk barefoot in common areas such as locker rooms, restrooms, or showers.