Many of us often discover toenail fungus when our toenail starts turning pale yellow. It is such a pathetic color to look at on our toenails. If I had to describe it, I would say that the toenail looks awfully unhygienic and unclean. That’s when we start to hide our feet. You must have seen people with toenail fungus always wearing packed shoes and never letting their toenails breathe. They’re always embarrassed by how their toenails look. While some people may have temporary nail problems that go away in a few weeks, some may actually be suffering from toenail fungus. And, it is a very serious problem. If it is not treated on time, it could become an obstacle in our day-to-day lives.
Let us understand how the nail gets discolored.
A healthy nail is simply healthy. It doesn’t have any discoloration, cracks, patches, indentation, ridges or abnormal shapes. If you have a yellow nail it could be because of three common reasons: nail polish, aging or some serious infection. Usually, doctors would say that having yellow nails is not always dangerous, however, if they’re growing very slowly and are brittle, it could be an infection or fungus. One of the most common reasons why the nails become yellow is when an infection (fungus) attacks the nails. It is also termed as onychomycosis. Adults are prone to this condition more than children. In severe cases, the nails can turn dark yellow, have yellow patches, or even turn black.
Who can get yellow toenail fungus?
Anyone who is aging applies a lot of nail polish, or always has his feet covered can get yellow toenail fungus. This fungal infection is usually caused by dermatophytes, which eat keratin to grow. As keratin is found in nails and hair, they usually feed on them. Anyone who is above the age of 30 can get a toenail infection these days. It is a very common disease as most of us wear covered shoes. Our feet need to breathe to get rid of these infections. Most of the times, people who wear sports shoes, especially men can get yellow toenail fungus. However, some people are naturally prone to getting yellow toenail fungus. If you’re one of them, you need immediate medical attention because your body might have poor blood circulation, peripheral vascular disease, or any other auto-immune disease that you’re not aware of.
How to treat yellow toenail fungus?
No, it is not impossible to treat a toenail fungus or simply yellow toenails. There are many medicines, therapies, massage oils, and home remedies available these days. It would be inappropriate to suggest a way to treat them directly as you have to get your toenail checked from your doctor. Check what the cause of yellow toenail is. If it is fungus for sure, then you can do the following:
- Get an anti-fungal medicine prescribed from your doctor.
- Get an anti-fungal toenail gel.
- Many people have suggested applying Vicks Vaporub as an antifungal ointment to treat yellow nails.
- Tea-tree oil massage is very effective too!
While you prepare to fight your battle against yellow toenail fungus, you might want to make sure that you never get them again. After all, who doesn’t like beautiful nails?
How to prevent toenail fungus from making the nails yellow again?
First of all, you must try to cure the toenail fungus of its roots. If it is cured, half of your problem is solved already. However, it doesn’t mean that you’ll never have yellow nails again. Fungus always tends to return if it is not treated properly and along with it, it brings the dirty yellow color for your nails.
You must make sure of the following:
- Wear comfortable shoes. Tight shoes can make it difficult for the toenails to breathe. The sweat and total coverage may induce yellowness and fungus in toenails.
- Trim your toenails with a clean nail clipper.
- Keep your nails clean and dry. Every time you come home, make sure you give your feet a good hot-water bath and pat them dry. Let them be clean and just let them be.
- Be extremely precautious while going for a pedicure. Don’t use products or clothes that have been used by others.
- Always wear clean shoes and socks. Make sure you wash your socks and shoes on a regular basis. They have to be neat and clean. Stinky shoes and socks invite deadly infections for your toenails.
To sum up…
The toenail fungus is yellow because of the fungal infection. Though there are many other reasons for your toenails becoming yellow, toenail fungus is a very common one. If you notice that your toenails are changing in shape, thickness, becoming brittle, have pain or swelling, you should definitely see your doctor. You can also consult a dermatologist as they might be able to assist you better in case of skin or nail infections. Early diagnosis of yellow toenail fungus can help you treat it at an early stage. Also, treating it earlier can prevent the fungus from spreading to the other parts of your body.
So if you have a yellow toenail and are suspecting it to be a toenail fungus, you shouldn’t be here. Go to your doctor and get it diagnosed first!