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Signs and symptoms of fungal nail infections

What causes a fungal nail infection?

Onychomycosis, a fungal nail infection, is a common condition caused by a particular type of fungus under the nail surface. The fungus can spread from person to person through direct contact or through carpets, socks, shoes and stockings. These microorganisms grow and spread in moist, warm environments, such as communal showers, gyms and swimming pools.

What does a fungal nail infection look like?

Healthy nails are smooth, pinkish and have a thin white stripe on the tip, whereas a fungal infection changes the colour and appearance. Initially affecting a small portion of the nail and discolouring it, an infection may become white, yellow to brown, green and even black. If left untreated, the infection can spread deeper into the nail, resulting in the nail becoming thickened or flaky, leading to pain and discomfort and in some cases the nail can become detached. You can treat a fungal nail infection to prevent it from spreading over a larger area of the nail or the other nails of the foot. You can talk to your doctor or use a specific product to take care of it, like Fungal Nail Treatment from Scholl.

Can a fungal nail infection spread onto more than one toe?

Nail fungus is highly contagious and can spread to adjacent toenails, the skin around the nail and even to fingernails via any form of direct contact. A fungal toenail infection often occurs as a secondary infection to athlete's foot, as the fungus spreads from the skin between the toes to the toenail itself.

Does a thickened or detached toenail hurt?

If left untreated, a fungal nail infection can cause the nail to thicken and distort, eventually drying out and detaching from the nail bed. The thick, distorted nail can become a source of discomfort when walking, and as the toenail begins to separate from the nail bed, it can become painful.

Fungal Nail treatment from Scholl is for the treatment of mild fungal nail infection only.

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