What causes unsightly, yellow and brittle nails?
The most common cause of brittle yellowing nails is fungal infection ( also known as Onychomycosis). Over 40 million North Americans have fungal nail infections. Fungi are dermatophytes that feed on nail keratin. These organisms thrive in warm, dark and moist environments. There is no better place for nail fungus to grow and infect toes than in shoes. Infected nails have yellowing or white spots. As the infection develops, nails will get thicker, turn a darker yellow, and fracture. It is common that the infection spreads to other nails if left untreated.
How do I know I have a nail fungus infection?
- Thickening of the nail
- Build-up of debris under the nail
- Changes in texture, loss of shine, and clarity
- Brittleness and crumbling at the edges of the nail
- Small separations of the nail plate from the nail bed