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Types of Toenail Fungus

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

Fungus can affect the nails and is more apt to develop on the toenails as a result of warm and moist environments the feet can be in. It is an unsightly nail infection, and many people seek relief options to improve the appearance of their toenails. Common symptoms that are associated with toenail fungus can include brittle, thickened nails, and in severe cases, the nails may fall off. The most common type of toenail fungus is referred to as tinea unguium. The infection typically begins under the nail and gradually spreads until medical treatment is sought. White superficial onychomycosis is a nail fungal infection that is found in the top layer of the nail. This may be easier to treat than other types of toenail fungus. If you notice a change in your toenails, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and offer treatment options for toenail fungus.

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 Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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