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Toenail Fungus Symptoms

Toenail fungus is a common nail disorder. It is a fungal infection, and research has shown it affects approximately half of Americans by the time they reach age 70. The fungus that causes this ailment enters the body through small cuts in the nail and may spread to the other nails if prompt medical attention is not sought. This fungus lives in warm environments like public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. This condition gradually progresses, and one of the first signs can be yellowed toenails, or white spots on the toenail. This is followed by a change in texture, causing the nail to become brittle and possibly fall off. Preventive measures can include wearing appropriate shoes when frequenting these types of areas, such as flip flops or water shoes, and it is beneficial to refrain from sharing shoes and socks. If you have toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment techniques.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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