Hi everyone,

I'm a male in his late twenties who runs 3 times a week.

My right big toenail is yellow and brittle. It's been like this for years and it's the only one that's like this. When I was a young teenager, the sides of this toenail were removed and the matrix killed through what I believe was "Phenolisation":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surgical_trea tment_of_ingrown_toenails#Phenolisation

Here is what the toenail looks like now:

http://imgur.com/mM40ALk.png

What is wrong with this toenail and how can I make it look normal and healthy again?

Thank you,
YellowToeNail
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replied August 17th, 2014
By the sounds of it, probably a fungal infection. The best way for your toenail to return to its original colour is to treat the cause of the discolouration. Toe nail fungus is quite common issue for frequent runners.

Best see your GP or podiatrist who will determine the proper treatment method for you based on the severity and extent of the infection.

There are over the counter anti-fungal treatments but I'm not sure if they would be suitable for your case. Also yellow nails can be a sign of diabetes so do get yourself checked out soon.
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