One may develop a nail fungus if they 

  • Have athlete’s foot
  • Made contact with someone who also has a nail fungus
  • Practice poor hygiene habits or foot care
  • Diabetes
  • Experienced trauma on the toe
  • Are immunocompromised

When the fungus spreads it will find its way in the crannies of your toenail bed and multiply. Poor blood circulation, which may occur in diabetics, may cause the disease to be more urgent and require more attention. Symptoms that may indicate you have a foot fungus are

  • Changes in nail shape 
  • Thickening of nail 
  • Brittle nails 
  • Darkening of nail color, or nail color changes
  • Nail dullness, loss of gloss
  • White and yellow parts of the nail plate

If you notice any of these symptoms be sure to be wary of your nails and give consistent attention to your nails to monitor how they are doing. If the nail continues to show these symptoms you may begin at-home treatment or see a doctor. Understand that many treatments are lengthy in time and require consistency as well as patience. Laser treatment, however, requires less time and is more effective.

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