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Foot And Nail Fungus: Everything You Need To Know About Grody Toes

09/12/2016 02:13 EDT | Updated 09/12/2016 02:13 EDT

With the weather getting cooler it's time to put away your flip flops and sandals and break out comfy sneakers and socks. Though it's tempting to go sock-less in your closed-toe fall shoes, you might want to think twice before you lace up.

Dermatologist Julia Carroll says 2.4 million Canadians suffer from ugly, embarrassing and contagious toenail fungus — a condition linked to excess moisture that can be caused by closed-toe shoes.

Nail fungus is a common concern — it's often identified by nail discolouration, brittleness, yellowness and thickening. If you suspect you are suffering from a nail infection, Carroll suggests visiting your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. While you can try treating nail fungus at home, Carroll suggests going with an anti-fungal topical ointment like Jublia.

For more tips on treating, diagnosing and preventing foot and nail fungus, check out Carroll's tips below.

Everything You Need To Know About Foot Fungus