Fungal toenail infections affect about 10% of the population.
Toenail fungus and athlete’s foot are actually caused by the same type of fungus. Toenail fungus usually begins as a small spot under your nail and slowly but surely affects your entire nail.
As it spreads, toenail fungus begins to make your toenails thicken and discoloured. This fungal infection can spread to your skin or fingernails, although fungus on the fingernails is pretty uncommon. Toenail fungus often thrives because your feet provide a warm, dark, and often damp environment.
Don’t Let Itchy Athlete’s Foot Hold You Back!
Athlete’s foot is a foot condition that affects the skin on your feet. This fungal infection usually affects the bottom of your feet, the base of your toes, and in some cases, the sides of your feet. If you have toenail fungus, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Pain on your skin or in your foot. Rashes, dryness, or peeling. Burning or stinging sensation. Blisters, infection, swelling, or itching.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to see a podiatrist as soon as possible when you experience any condition involving your feet. If you have diabetes, your risk of a small problem like toenail fungus becoming a big problem increases due to poor circulation. Toenail fungus is one of those conditions that could be shrugged off as “no big deal,” but in extreme cases or if coupled with another condition such as an ingrown toenail, it could become a huge issue and lead to a skin infection, blood poisoning, or an infection in your bone.