Winter time for people with deformed toenails is a blessing, easy to hide the embarrassing problem. But as the days get warmer people wear less and the sandals and flip flops come out. So do you wear your sandals and have the deformed toenails for anyone to see or hide them in warm and damp tennis shoes that make the condition, most probably caused by toenail fungus, worse?

Toenail fungus is usually easy enough to identify. The nail is thicker, with flaking underneath, it can grow deformed and the color leans more towards yellow. Scaly skin can form between toes or on the foot, in mild cases one nail is affected but in more serious cases it can spread to others.

Treatment for toenail fungus is slow whichever method you choose to use. Even with something that is effective, it takes 6 to 9 months for a completely healthy nail to have grown through so you need to have patience while you treat it. From your local pharmacy there are over the counter treatments that are suitable for mild to moderate infections, you can try some of the home remedies that are around for mild conditions, or for a more serious problem you may need to visit a podiatrist or your doctor for a medicated treatment.

Although toenail fungus is the most common cause of deformed toenails it is not the only one. If you have recently damaged the toe from an injury this may be the cause. Unfortunately if the damage affected the root of the nail, this means the change in appearance is permanent.

Other less common causes are psoriasis and bone spurs. Most people know if they have psoriasis whether their nail problem is also due to their skin complaint. Nails may have some separation from the nail bed, there can be small blisters, scaling and the surface of the nail is pitted. A visit to a doctor or podiatrist will help diagnose the problem if you are unsure, they can examine it and have a culture done if they need it.

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