What Causes Toenail Discoloration?

What Causes Discolored Toenails?

The summer is nearly upon us; a time to slip into the sandals to enjoy a trip to the beach. If your toenails are discolored, the prospect of showing off your feet is probably less than appealing. Discoloration of the nails is usually down to infection, such as toenail fungus, a simple to cure problem that can affect you at any age.

Why is my Toenail Changing Color?

Toenail discoloration may show up in several forms. Your nail may have a yellow/brown color or there may be a white spot present on the nail and in many cases there will be a less than pleasant odor from the toenail. The toenail may even look misshaped or ‘warped’. Toenail discoloration is often just the start, and the infection may spread to the point where the nail might fall off.

How Do You Treat Discolored Toenails?

If your discolored nails are the result of an injury or trauma to the nail, you might be able to treat it with a home remedy, such as an ice pack. If a severe infection is present, the nail may become loose, although this will be replaced by a healthier nail. If the toenail discoloration has not been caused by an injury, it may be an infection. In this case, an antifungal treatment may be the best option for you.

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If your discolored nail doesn’t clear up and you’re not sure what has caused it, it may be worth speaking to your doctor to see if there’s anything else causing it. In some, less common cases, discolored toenails may the result of an underlying health condition.

How to Hide Discolored Nails

Discolored nails are not the prettiest sight, so if you are suffering from this problem, it is understandable that you won’t be too keen to show off your feet. During treatment, you may want to cover them up. Nail art designs are a great way to hide discolored nails.

It is important to take good care of your nails to avoid discoloration. You should aim to keep your feet cool and dry, as a hot, sweaty environment can breed infections. Make sure your shoes are fitting comfortably and are the right size.


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