It may look like nail fungus is a lame problem. However, doctors advise not to ignore this condition. Toenail fungus is also called onychomycosis is composed of microorganisms that can infect nails whether on the toes or fingers. More often, these microorganisms enter the body through a cut, crack, or opening close to the toenail. The most common group of fungi that causes toenail fungal infections is dermatophytes. But this infection may also be caused by yeasts and molds.
11What does the nail infection look like?
Various symptoms can be associated with nail fungal infections. These include nail thickening, nail discoloration (the nail often turns yellow, green, or brown), crumbly nail which may completely fall off at times, the nail having an unusual shape, the nail separating from the nail bed, abnormal and unusual nail breakage, and pain coming from the nail, as well as the smell.