Anyone can get toenail fungus

Onychomycosis -- that's toe nail fungus is unpleasant and hard to treat. It causes the nails, especially on the big toe to get thick and discolored. The nail can become so think you can't cut it. In really bad cases, the nail falls off.

According to the U.C. Berkeley Wellness Letter your odds of getting toenail fungus go way up after age 60. About half of those over 70 have it. The fungus is more common with men than women.

Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial Board at the Wellness Letter, says toenail fungus can cause pain and difficulty walking.

"In people with diabetes it can be more of a problem because it can sometimes lead to other infections," he said. "Certainly, the fungus infection of the nail can cause problems between the toes; causing 'athlete's foot' and that can be a portal of entry for bacteria that can be serious. So, it's important to take care of it, but this is mostly a cosmetic issue."

To prevent toenail fungus, keep your feet clean and dry. Take special care after bathing. And wear synthetic socks and well-ventilated or open-toe shoes or sandals.

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