Toenail fungal infections are a common condition of the nails. It is medically called onychomycosis or tinea unguium. This fungal infection can affect both the toenails and fingernails, but it is more prevalent on the toenails. It occurs to around 10 percent of the adult population in the US. There are various types of nail fungal infections, depending on the type of fungus that causes it. Fungal infected nails are most commonly caused by parasitic fungi called dermatophytes.
5What are the common symptoms of toenail fungal infections?
The early signs of a toenail fungal infection often include obvious changes in the infected nail’s appearance. It is not usual for an infected nail to cause pain or permanent distortion of shape, although this may sometimes happen. When this condition is left untreated, nail fungus infections may cause some difficulties in walking and even wearing shoes. The major symptoms of toenail fungal infections include the infected nail becoming brittle, discolored, distorted, thickened, flaky, separated from the nail bed, and broken. It may sometimes cause pain and give off a foul smell.