Toenail fungus is a common condition of the nails on the toes caused by fungus. The same fungus may also infect the fingernails. A nail fungal infection is also called onychomycosis. The toenail fungus thrives in the tissue underneath the toenail and the nailbed. They get into the body through a cut or a crack in one’s toes. A toenail fungal infection is highly common, particularly in older people. According to the estimates of medical professionals, toenail fungus affects 1 in every 10 people. This number may jump into 1 in every 2 persons among those who are older than 70.
4What are some symptoms of a toenail fungal infection?
Toenail fungus can change the appearance of your nails in many ways such as the following: change in color, the nail turning yellow, brownish, or whitish; the nail appearing cloudy and chalky in some areas; the nail may also thicken and appear misshapen; the infected nail may separate from the nail bed, leaving a space in between the nail and skin underneath; and the nail may have a break or crack in one spot or more. The infected nail may become painful as it becomes severe and untreated.