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Why Are My Toenails Yellow?

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Healthy toenails are typically slightly pink in color and do not have any cracks, ridges, or indentations. If you notice that your toenails have become yellow, there could be many reasons behind this change. Normal aging can cause the nails to turn yellow over time. Their thickness and shape may also be different, but this typically does not require any medical treatment. If you are a fan of painting your toenails, especially with very bright or dark colors, your nails may be yellow once the polish is removed. This is not a major cause for concern and typically goes away if you stop painting your toenails for a period of time. The most common cause of yellow toenails is a fungal infection of the nails. Other symptoms of a fungal nail infection include the toenails becoming thickened, brittle, or crumbly. If you believe that you may have a fungal nail infection, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

For more information about treatment, contact the podiatrists of The Foot & Ankle Centre of New Jersey. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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