Nail infections are not only awful to look it, sometimes painful, but are also tough to get rid of and have many causes. Most people are not sure how they could have got it or the multiple ways that they could have obtained it.

It stays in its place. Most of the time at least. If you have a fungus only on the toenails it usually stays and thrives there. This does not mean that you cannot develop it on the fingernails however. This is still a possibility but is only likely to occur if you do not treat your toenails or if you obtain it the same way that you caught the toenail infection.

Toenail fungus, like many other infections, is very contagious. This is why it is important to always know who in your family has already been infected. Likewise, if you have become infected with toenail fungus it is important for you to let other people that you live with know that you have toenail fungus. If you do not let others know, or they do not take the necessary precautions, they too might become infected.

Normally our toenails are clear, but toenail fungus can change that. There are a variety of symptoms of toenail fungus. Many people will see white or yellow spots on their nails. Others might notice an odd odor coming from their feet. Some people will see that their toenails have become thick, brittle or just distorted in general. These are just a few of the toenail fungus symptoms. Having one of these signs may or may not mean that you have toenail fungus. However, if you see a combination of these toenail fungus symptoms, the chance that you have toenail fungus has greatly increased.

If you see any of these toenail fungus signs, make sure you consult with a foot doctor as soon as you can. They will be able to diagnose whether you do have toenail fungus or not and inform you of a proper course of action to take. The sooner you get treated the better. Toenail fungus can spread from nail to nail, meaning that your toenail fungus could actually get much worse than it is now.