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Fungal nail infection - What are the symptoms of fungal nail infections?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

If a fungus has infected your nail you may have a few symptoms. You get symptoms because as the fungus grows it makes a space between your nail and the flesh underneath your nail (your nail bed).

We've listed some of the most common symptoms.

You probably won't get all of them. Most people get one or two.[1][6][7][12][13]

  • Your nail may turn white or yellow.

  • Your nail may get thicker and have ridges in it.

  • The nail may start to lift away from your finger or toe. Or it may come off completely.

  • You may get white spots on your nail that you can scrape off.

  • Your nail may get crumbly and powdery.

  • The skin around your nail may turn red.

  • If you've had a toenail infection for a long time, your nail may hurt and this can affect how you walk. Or if it is in a fingernail, it may affect how you use that finger.

You're more likely to get a fungal infection in your toenails than in your fingernails.

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Last Updated: December 05, 2012
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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