Nail fungus is known medically as onychomycosis. This is a chronic fungal infection that occurs on the fingernails or toenails although it is more prevalent on the latter. Most nail infections are caused by a group of fungi known as dermatophytes. In some cases, a nail fungal infection may also be caused by yeasts and molds. All these may lead to the gradual destruction of the nail plate.
It is a common condition, and it is said that half of the population of people who are 70 years of age get infected.
10Symptoms of Nail Fungal Infection
An infected nail often shows the following symptoms: white or yellow patches or streaks on the nail, the nail may become thick, brittle, crumbly, and have ragged edges, the nail may emit a foul odor, and the nail may also separate from the nail bed. In some cases, the nail can cause pain and discomfort.