A Green Toenail is Not Great for St. Patrick’s Day

A fungal toenail can be unsightly and embarrassing as your toenail turns different shades of colors. Green is a color particularly associated with St. Patricks Day, but it is definitely not a color that you want to see on your toenails, thats for sure.

St. Patricks Day, originally a Roman Catholic holiday that celebrates Irelands patron saint, only took off in the United States in the 1700s. The 55th Annual Houston St. Patricks Day parade is on March 15, 2014 and with over 100 entries, it is one of the largest in the country. It is happening, rain or shine, and you will definitely see a lot of green!

Seeing green on your toenails is a totally different story than the origins of St. Patricks Day. A fungal nail problem is a common foot condition that we treat at Houston Foot Specialists, and it can really change the condition of your nails. They can become brittle, crumbling, thickened and discolored. The changes are due to an infection from fungi, which can be picked up warm, humid environments such as gym locker rooms, showers, and pool areas. Specifically, pseudomonas is one type of bacteria thatonce picked upcan infect the nail bed of your toenails and cause the nails to turn a greenish color. Unfortunately, a fungal toenail problem can be quite resistant to treatment. For this reason, it is important to seek treatment as soon as you notice symptoms or changes to your toenails.

We have a variety of effective treatment options to get your nails back to health; contact Dr. Aleisha Allen for diagnosis and remedies. Call our office in Houston, TXat (713) 467-8886 to make an appointment today.

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Category: Toenail Fungus

Tags: Fungal Infection, Nail Fungus, Toenail Fungus