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Is a Yellow Toenail a Sign of Infection?
Yellow, discolored toenails are usually a sign of a fungal infection. You may have picked up toenail fungus from going barefoot through a locker room or putting on a damp pair of shoes, but without treatment, what begins as a yellowish spot can blossom into a thickened, brittle, crumbly, and warped nail. It can even spread from toe-to-toe, foot-to-foot, or person-to-person.
Since the infection is difficult to eradicate, it’s best to take action quickly. At-home treatment options such as keeping feet dry, exercising good foot hygiene, trimming and thinning nails, and using over-the-counter topical antifungals can help, but also call Family Foot and Ankle Center at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572 for an evaluation. We can prescribe tougher oral medications that can reach the fungus growing deep beneath the nail. Give us a call to set up an appointment at one of our six convenient Greater Cincinnati offices throughout southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky.