Fungal Nail Infection & thick toenails??
Hi Everyone, Aisling here again continuing on with my latest blog series on Fungal Nail Infection & today it is about a topic of thick toe nails.
Thick toenails may appear harmless, but it could be a sign of an underlying nail condition. If you have an abnormally thick toenail, you may have been infected by onychomycosis, a fungal infection in the nails. Learn more about what you can about thick toenails in the following discussions.
Fungal Nail Infection – Symptoms of thick toenails
Symptoms of thick toenails
A thick toenail is just one of the many symptoms of a fungal nail infection. Identifying the symptoms of this disease early on can help prevent the growth of the infection, and its severity. Below are more symptoms to look out for if you suspect you have onychomycosis:
- Toenails that change in color, turning brown, yellow, greenish or black
- Foul smell coming from the nails
- The toenails start to separate from the nail bed
- Crumbling toenails
- Toenails start to split
- Scaly or chalky nails
- Dirt or debris under the nails
Why do toenails turn thick?
Toenails become thicker if it gets infected by fungi. Nearly 20 percent of the adult population worldwide is affected by onychomycosis. This disease happens when the microorganism that causes the infection enters the toenail or the nail bed, or when fungi enter a crack in the toenail, or when you cut the skin near the toenail. The fungi or the yeast that causes the infection will thrive in a dark, warm and moist area like a wet foot. As a result, the toenails get thicker as one of the symptoms of nail fungus
Fungal Nail Infection – Who are at risk for thick toenails?
People aged 55 and older are more at risk for toe nail fungi. Other factors that contribute to the chances of getting thick toenails are the following:
- When your feet are frequently wet
- If you walk barefoot around communal showers, public swimming pools, or gym
- When you use shoes that are too tight
- If you have sweaty feet
- You damaged your nails
- If you take medications that compromise the immune system
- Nail fungus runs in your genes
- If you smoke
- You have diabetes type 1 and 2
- If you have issues with your circulatory health
- You’re suffering from psoriasis
If you missed my last blog which is a prevention guide to a fungal nail infection and thick toes be sure to check it out here
That wraps up todays blog be sure to stay tuned in the following days as if you do suffer with thick toenails it is more than likely a fungal nail infection and in my next blog I will be showing you guys how to treat them . If you would like more info on thick nails and fungal nail infection click the link below where you can read a more in depth article and also get a FREE PDF download on fungal nail. See you soon