It starts as a white, seemingly-benign spot on your toenail. Before you know it, the small white spot has gotten much worse, and is starting to spread to the remaining toenails on both feet. The now yellowed hardened nails are beginning to take on a noticeable odor and you’re embarrassed to wear sandals at the beach or pool. Left untreated, your toenails are exhibiting late stage nails fungus symptoms, and you probably wished you’d acted quickly when that first small spot was noticed. It’s more difficult, but still possible to treat severely infected toenails.
Your feet have more sweat glands per square inch than any other area of the body, making them an ideal breeding ground for the fungi, which generally belongs to the group dermatophytes. Think back to how much time your feet spend in shoes and socks. This closed, air-starved environment is the ideal situation for fungal infections to occur and spread. The infectious fungi also thrive in other moist environments, including locker room floors and swimming pools. Something as simple as a small cut or a tiny separation between your nail and the nail bed is enough to start the infection’s spreads.