When your toenail fungus turns white or yellow, it is more likely that you are seeing the start of a toenail fungus or what is known by doctors as onychomycosis. This fungus is the cause of 50 percent of all nail issues. Nail fungus affects both the toenails and fingernails, but it is more prevalent on the toenails, affecting it 4 to 10 times more frequently than the fingernails.
Toenail fungus is not a health concern unless it is left untreated and becomes worse. If the fungus is given more freedom, it can result in more discoloration and the nail turning thick and brittle and hard to trim. The nail can separate from the nail bed and fall off on its own. The infection may also spread to other nails.
4What are the symptoms of toenail fungus infections?
When you catch and treat the infection in the early stages, it can be easy to get rid of the toenail fungus and save your nails. What you can do is check your nails every day. The following are some of the most common symptoms of a toenail fungus infection: white spots or any discoloration that is not caused by an injury, darkening of the infected nail due to the buildup of debris underneath it, thickened or misshapen nails, crumbling on the edges and tips of the nails, unusual white or yellow streaks on the nail, redness and swelling in the infected area, pain when walking or when shoes are worn, and the nail separating from the nail bed and emitting a foul smell.