Fungal Nail Infection
Fungal nail infection (or onychomycosis) is one of the most common conditions to affect the nails, accounting for around 50% of all reported nail diseases. It occurs when the nail structure (toenails or fingernails) becomes infected by a fungus.
Fungal nail infections usually look unpleasant: the nail becomes thickened, discoloured (yellow, brown or white; patches, streaks or islands), flaky, brittle and uncomfortable.
Most fungal nail infections initially begin as mild infections affecting a small portion of the nail. The condition will not improve without treatment. If left untreated, the infection can spread to involve a larger portion of the nail, leading to a completely damaged nail or even the nail becoming detached.
For the sufferer such infections can be distressing, with concerns about the infection spreading and the embarrassing appearance of the nail.
Fungal nail can be a real problem. It can be uncomfortable, painful and make you feel embarrassed about your feet. It occurs when the nails become infected by a fungus and can involve any part of the nail unit.
The discolouration is due to the fungus digesting the nail plate. The digested nail builds-up over time, causing the nail plate to lift from the nail bed, resulting in a loss of the natural pink colour and a build-up of yellow, brown or white areas.
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