Why are My Toenails Yellow?

Why Are My Toenails YellowAppearance!

Toenail fungus has very simple symptoms. Toenails turn yellowish and tend to split often. These symptoms can be due to other factors though. Such factors include:
  • Damaged by dye, often seen with constant wear of nail polish.
  • Accidental mishaps, such as a stubbed toe or shoes too small or tight.
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiency, especially Vitamin A.
  • Thyroid, psoriasis, or diabetes conditions.
  • Skin cancer.
Therefore it is critical to investigate all these possibilities, especially if the symptoms do not go away with treatment.
Top Scottsdale podiatrist, Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FAPWCA, is highly knowledgeable regarding nail fungus and its appearance that might be due to another problem. Dr. Forman provides several symptoms due to toenail fungus. They include:
  • Flaky nails.
  • Appears with tones of white, brown, or yellow.
  • Contains an odor.
  • Nail becomes thick, dry, and brittle.
  • Nail loses its natural shape.
  • Under the nail is scaly.


Dr. Mark Forman offers many that you can begin implementing at home before your first doctor visit.
  • Maintain smooth even nails by filing any sharp edges.
  • Clean your toes well (in between, on, and all around).
  • Soak the ingrown toe(s) in luke warm water and epsom salts.
  • Keep your foot elevated.
  • Take over-the-counter medication if needing help with pain.
If you are not seeing positive results within a couple of days, it is time to seek an appointment with Dr. Mark Forman. Dr. Forman can offer other treatments to help your toenail recover quickly. Such treatments include prescription oral and topical medication and laser therapy.

MLS Laser Treatment

We offer FDA-cleared laser treatment in our Scottsdale office. The laser light burns the dead cells and tissue allowing for new growth to occur. It often takes about 6-10 ten minute sessions. It is painless and many patients see results right away.


There are several things you can do to prevent toenail fungus from occurring. Here are some helpful tips:
  • Maintain clean and dry feet.
  • Wear shoes, especially in public places
  • Utilize proper footwear
  • Maintain filed toenails (don’t allow them to grow too long or unstraightened).

Contact Us!

We, at Put Your Feet First, put YOU first. Please call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Forman and his team, so we can put your feet first. Reach us by website or by phone at 480.423.8400. Looking forward to your visit!
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