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What Is the Medical Term for Toenail Fungus?

Monday, 19 August 2019 00:00

A common foot ailment that many patients suffer from is known as toenail fungus. The medical term for this contagious condition is referred to as “onychomycosis”. There are several noticeable symptoms that are associated with toenail fungus including thickening of the nail, discoloration, and cracking. Diabetic patients may be more susceptible, due to a weakened immune system. Additionally, if there has been an injury that has happened to the nail, or if circulation problems exist, these conditions may lead to the development of toenail fungus. Research has indicated that there are methods that can be implemented which may help to prevent this condition from occurring. These can include wearing appropriate shoes while in public swimming pools and surrounding areas, avoiding sharing nail clippers, and keeping the feet clean and dry. If you have this ailment, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer the proper treatment solutions.

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. Jeffrey Bruening of Bruening 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 offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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