Fungal Nails

What are fungal nails?

Fungal nails, or onychomycosis, is a common infection occurring in areas between your toes, the skin of your feet, and/or your nails.

It is caused by a fungal infection that affects both the toenails or fingernails, although it is more common in the toenails. This type of infection invades and feeds on the keratin found in the nail.

How do I know I have fungal nails?

The main signs of fungal nails are changes in the nails’ appearance. In its early stages, the nail may appear slightly discolored, with a yellow or white patch appearing on the tip of the nail. It may also thicken and take on a brittle or crumbly texture. As the infection progresses, the nail may become discolored, with a yellow or brownish hue, and the nail may become distorted and raised, with ridges and grooves appearing. There may also be a white powdery substance under the nail and a foul odor emanating from it.

In more advanced cases, the nail may separate from the nail bed and the edges may become jagged. In addition to these physical symptoms, fungal nails can also cause pain and discomfort. As the infection progresses, the nail may become painful and tender to the touch, and it may become difficult to walk or wear certain shoes due to the pressure on the affected nail. The infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the skin or scalp, and can cause hair loss or skin irritation.


What causes fungal nails?

The infection can be caused by a variety of fungi, including dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds. The most common cause is a group of fungi called dermatophytes. These fungi are found naturally on the skin and nails, and can spread to the nails when the skin is injured or exposed to warm, moist environments. There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of developing fungal nails. Age is one of the most common contributing factors to fungal nails; as people age, nails become thicker and are more likely to be affected by fungi because the nail plate becomes harder and more difficult to penetrate.

Poor hygiene is another major cause of fungal nails. Fungi thrive in moist, warm environments, and if the feet and hands are not cleaned properly, fungi can easily spread to the nails. Those who are frequently exposed to warm, moist environments, such as swimmers, athletes, and health care workers, are also at increased risk.

How are fungal nails treated?

Fungal nails can usually be treated with antifungal medications, such as creams, lotions, or oral medications. In severe cases, the nails may need to be removed with surgery.

For chronic nail fungus, laser surgery is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of this recurring condition, using light to target and kill the fungi that cause fungal nail infections. If left untreated, fungal nails can cause pain and discomfort, as well as an increased risk of developing other fungal infections.

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