Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Toenail Fungus Infections

Fungus is an organism which likes to live in moist dark environments such as the region on your toenails. Toenail fungus is quite a common infection that can infect just about anyone. It can be found on the feet or hands, although the feet are more common because they are trapped in shoes all day. You may be especially prone to growing the toenail fungus if you do not change out of sweaty socks and shoes. Infected nails develop a yellow or brown discoloration that spreads from the underside.

The toenail fungus infection area is not easy to cure because it is under the nail. It can be the result of chronic athlete's foot, an infection often caught in the locker room. It comes from walking around barefoot and picking up the fungal infection from another person who already has it. This is why you should always wear shoes or flip flops in a community locker room, especially in the wet areas like the bathrooms. It only takes one person with the toenail fungus infection to spread it to the rest of the group. Once you develop it, it can be difficult to cure and many people have the toenail fungus infection permanently unless they seek treatment. The fungus will cause the toenail to thicken and curl and eventually fall off. This is accompanied by the discoloration of the toenail and an unpleasant odor. The fungus usually starts under the big toe, possibly because this toe is often in direct contact with a moist sock. If not treated, the toenail fungus will spread to the other toes as well.

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