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Milwaukee Podiatrists Explain Toenail Fungus Infections

milwaukee-podiatristsAre Your Nails Discolored?

You may have noticed a yellow or white spot under your fingernail – or more commonly – your toenail. The nail or nails may appear thicker, as well as brittle or broken around the edges. You may also notice dark spots or even an odor. Nail fungus is also known as onychomycosis, and our Milwaukee podiatrists say mild cases don’t usually require additional treatment.

What Causes Nail Fungus Infections?

While many types of yeasts, molds, and fungi can give rise to an infection, the most common type is dermatophyte, which affects hair and skin as well. Some of the risk factors include…

Age – Older adults are more susceptible to fungus infections, due to the reduced blood flow that comes with the aging process.

Excess Moisture – Heavily used communal areas like locker rooms, pools, and gyms are places where fungus grows and thrives.

Certain Medical Conditions – Diabetes, psoriasis, weakened immune system, or circulation disorders make people more prone to getting fungal infections.

Brittle Nails – Cracks in your nails can be an entry point for fungi.

Steps You Can Take for Prevention

Do You Need to See Our Milwaukee Podiatrist? Make Your Appointment Today!

While toenail fungus infections are usually not serious, a more advanced case can be quite painful, as well as cause permanent damage to your nails or spread to other areas of the body. Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists can help – contact us to speak to one of our friendly team members today.

If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists, with a convenient podiatry office located in Milwaukee, WI, by calling 414.269.4940 or by clicking here.

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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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