Is it Nail Fungus or Green Nail Syndrome?

Nail fungus and Green Nail syndrome can easily be confused as the other because they have similar symptoms. Nail fungus symptoms include: yellow or brown discoloration, deforming or crumbling nails, lifting from the nail bed, and foul odor similar to cheese. Green nail syndrome is caused by a bacterial infection. Its symptoms include yellow-green or greenish black discoloration, misshapen nail, lifting away from the nail bed, odor similar to sugary fruit.

Green nail syndrome is caused by a kind of bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa that can be found in soil and stagnant water. This kind of bacteria can cause Pneumonia if it enters the lungs, wound infections, and necrotizing enterocolitis in the gut. It usually affects older people and can attack hands and feet that are regularly submerged in water. One can also catch it from gardening, even if wearing gloves.

Fungal nail infections are more common than green nail syndrome. The most obvious symptom is yellow or brown discoloration. In severe cases, the nail can turn brown. There are 4 different kinds of infection. Distal subungual onychomycosis is when the infection is under the nail. White superficial onychomycosis causes small white spots on the top of the toenails. Proximal subungual onychomycosis starts at the cuticle. Candidal onychomycosis is caused by candida yeast that attacks the toenails.

Toenail fungus and Green Nail Syndrome can occur at the same time. In this case, the toenail becomes thick and green at the same time. It can also become brittle and crumbly. It is quite likely to get both at the same time because the two types of infection can work together. The fungal infection causes the nail to break apart, making it more likely to get a bacterial infection.

If you have toenail fungus or it’s symptoms, contact us to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our doctors. We have over 110 clinics nationwide, including Glendale, CA.

By |2020-02-13T14:06:58-08:00February 13th, 2020|