A nail fungus infection takes place when a fungus infects the fingernails, toenails, or the skin under the nails which is known as the nail bed. Fungi will be able to attack the nail through small cuts in the surrounding skin of your nail or through that opening between the nail and the nail bed. A toenail fungal infection may not be a serious problem when you are healthy, but it can appear problematic, painful, and cause damage to your nail and the nail bed. This can cause more serious problems when you have diabetes or a weakened immune system.
5How do you know that you have a toenail fungal infection?
The main impact of a nail fungus is on the appearance of your nails. Toenail fungus is more likely to change your toenails’ appearance in various ways such as a change in color with the nail looking yellow, white, or brown; nail thickening and looking distorted in shape; nail appearing cloudy and chalky in some areas; nail may separate from the nail bed, allowing for space which can allow the fungus to enter; and having a crack or break in one or more spots in the nail. At first, toenail infection may not be painful, but as it gets worse it can become painful as well.