Dark Toenails

If you have noticed that you have dark toenails, it could be a sign of a fungal infection.   Nail fungus can cause a noticeable discoloration of your toenails and if you notice this type of discoloration, you should look into treatment options.

How did I get nail fungus?

First, you should know that this infection and resultant dark toenails are not caused by poor hygiene.   It is relatively simple to pick up a nail fungus infection, you just need to think about what activities you have been doing.   Have you been to a pool lately?   Walking around with bare feet in a location, such as a pool, can be the catalyst.   Soon you notice that you have dark toenails, and realize you need to treat this infection.

If you do not treat your dark toenails caused by infection, it is very possible that it will spread to all of the toes on your foot and soon to the other foot.   Your risk is increased if you already have a history of such infections, an impaired immune system or poor blood circulation.   As we age, we also tend to be at risk for these types of infections.

How can I prevent infection?

There are some simple steps you can take to prevent a fungal infection and the resulting dark toenails:

*Do not wear shoes that are too tight.
*Avoid shoes that cause your feet to become hot and sweaty.
*Allow shoes to dry out before wearing them again if they have become wet.
*Do not share items such as socks, nail clippers or nail files.
*Avoid injuring your toe nails.
*Don t smoke.
*Do not use nail polish.

Should I see my doctor?

Dark toenails in themselves are not a reason to call your doctor; however, if you have a lot of pain, heat or tenderness, discharge of pus, a fever or red streaks in the area of your feet, these are signs of serious bacterial infection.

Can I treat this infection myself?

There are many very reliable products on the market that you can use to treat your dark toenails at home, without the need to visit a doctor.   The main thing to keep in mind with these treatments is to follow the directions carefully and do not discontinue use, even if you see an improvement, before you have used the product for the recommended amount of time.   If you discontinue use of a product, you may have another occurrence of infection.

What Do Dark Toenails Mean?

Dark toenails are apparently not reassuring when looked at. If your toenails are discolored, then other than the humiliation, you have to live with the pain as well. It’s always crucial to consider appropriate attention. Generally dark toenails are symptoms of toenail fungus. The nails usually get thickened and crumbly or brittle in texture. The conformation of the nails gets deformed and unbearable pain commences about your nail bed. The infected nails typically have rough and flakey skin around it. Occasionally, it’s possible that your infected nail becomes discolored and produces brown, white or yellow patches around it.

Infected dark toenails can lead to serious problems as well. Sometimes, the nail gets separated from its bed. It results into immense pain and sometimes, in advanced stages, an unpleasant odor may come out of the infected nail. This is particularly pretty embarrassing as you can hide your infected nails but the odor cannot be hidden (Usage of perfumes is strictly prohibited as the situation gets only worse with it). Severe infections can make it difficult for you to even walk as not only the pain gets to a higher level but it can lead to an ingrown toenail. Leave walking; you may not be able to even wear shoes under such circumstances.

According to Dermatologists, yeast, dermatophytes and a fungus called “tinea” are primarily responsible for dark toenails. People already suffering from athlete s foot have a 35% higher chance of developing nail fungus infection. These “tinea” funguses generally find a way into the nails and stay there to develop the infection. Dermatophytes thrive on keratin which is a protein found in nails, hairs or skin. These dermatophytes consume keratin from the nail and thus it becomes necessary to supply additional keratin to the infected nails. These causes other diseases like crotch rot, ringworm etc.

If you leave your dark toenails untreated, things can get even worse. You may lose your nail and in addition develop paronychia (It is kind of a surface infection around your nails causing pus-filled blisters, swelling and redness). So, it is particularly important to take care at the early stages. Plenty of affordable products are out in the market providing money back guarantees. These are proper mix of some ingredients useful to eradicate toenail fungus; thus particularly useful.