Toenails can cause much pain if they are broken or grow into toes. Those are not their most common problems: more than half of them are nail fungus. This affects toenails much more often than fingernails.
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To begin, we have to know how to recognize it: toenails thicken, change their colour (mostly they are yellow but can also be black, white or green) and crumble. After some time, skin around and under them becomes sore and itchy. Only in severe stages, there are symptoms that affect the whole body, like fatigue. However, some people are allergic to fungus and might therefore have rashes on other parts of the body.
Often normal aging and some other conditions are wrongly diagnosed as fungus. To avoid this, patients can have samples tested in tubes. This is especially recommended before risky treatments (terbinafine, itraconazole or fluconazole) while it probably makes no sense before harmless baths.
Sick parts are better removed. It takes about a year for a nail to grow again after it has been damages by fungi. Some form of treatment should continue throughout this time. Permanent damage can remain and recurrence is common
There are more species of molds that cause such diseases and some are more typicals for certain parts of the world (mostly depending on climate) or for ceratin age groups. Nevertheless, they are similar enough to treat all in the same ways. Symptoms and advice for preventing it are also the same.
Likelihood of infection increases with aging and is, in part, genetically conditioned. Some other diseases and injuries increase it, too.