Why Your Toenails Turned Yellow

Jan 11, 2018

When your nails start turning yellow—and especially if they also become ragged, crumbly, and distorted—it’s an indication of a fungal infection. We know the thought of fungus growing on your body might make your skin crawl, but hopefully it will help at least a little to know this is a fairly common condition – one we treat often for our patients.

In spirit of its commonality, this doesn’t mean the condition should be left unaddressed!

Some medical issues can be a source of both concern and embarrassment, and such is the case with fungal toenails. Whereas this might seem like a somewhat superficial issue, a fungal infection can become a serious problem if the condition progresses into later stages, and especially for those who live with conditions that compromise the body’s immune system (like diabetes).

Further, the fungal infection is not going to go away on its own if left untreated. In fact, it will only continue to worsen and become more severe. You don’t want that to happen because severe fungal nail infections can be very difficult to treat. (As with any medical issue, early intervention is the best course of action!)

There are various ways to contract the fungus that will discolor your nails, make them distorted and brittle, and may even cause pain or discomfort. Some of these include:

  • Walking barefoot in warm, moist environments—like locker room shower areas and indoor pool decks—where fungi can thrive.
  • Wearing shoes and socks that are damp or made from materials that do not allow your feet to breathe.
  • Having an existing case of athlete’s foot without taking treatment measures for it.
  • Living with someone who has a fungal infection.

In order to decrease your risk of developing fungal nails:

  • Keep your feet dry as much as possible. Make sure they are not damp when you put your socks on after a shower or bath. Wear socks and shoes that wick moisture away.
  • Was your feet daily with mild, antibacterial soap and warm water to keep them clean and healthy.
  • Treat your feet and shoes with anti-fungal powder or spray.
  • Wear shower shoes or sandals in locker rooms, or indoor pool decks, and in other areas that are conducive to the growth and transmittal of fungus.

Unfortunately, there is always a risk of contracting a fungal infection, even when you know the common causes and take appropriate measures. The good news is that you can find the help you need here at McVay Foot & Ankle.

Now that you understand why your toenails turned yellow, it’s time to take action! Call our Colorado Springs office at (719) 266-5000 or take advantage of our online form to request your appointment right now!

8580 Scarborough Dr., Ste 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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