Nail fungus infections are a common medical concern that can affect many types of nails. This type of infection often affects toenails. These are usually caused by the growth of fungal spores that often appear between toenails and the skin found under the nail bed. The spores thrive because of the skin or the keratin found in the nail. This kind of fungi also causes the spread of the athlete’s foot, an infection of the skin in between the toes. The infection may spread to the toenails. It may also be caused by other types of fungi most often yeasts which tend to invade damaged nails due to easy access.
4What are the usual symptoms of nail fungus infections?
Most often, a white or yellow streak appears on the edges of the nail or under the tip of it. The streak then often spreads to the side of the nail and its base. Eventually, the nail becomes discolored, brittle, misshapen, and thickened. In some cases, it can become so thick that it can be painful when the nail is pressed against the side of your shoe. Your nail may also end up splitting and crumbling and separating itself from the skin. This usually turns yellow or brown. The skin around the toenails may also be infected and this may itch, crack, break, form a blister, or look white, particularly between the toes. It’s imperative to treat the infection since it can worsen and spread to other nails whether on the toes or fingers.