Fungal nail infections begin as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. You can get an infection when a fungus begins to overgrow. Nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge as the fungal infection goes deeper. Onychomycosis is the medical name for fungal nail infection.
Symptoms of a fungal nail infection
Treatment is not needed for mild fungal nail infection. You should practice good foot hygiene to stop the infection from getting worse or spreading to others. If you’re bothered by the appearance of the affected nail, or it’s causing problems such as pain and discomfort, you can consult with your GP or pharmacist. It can be a long and expensive process for treating nail fungus infections. They might recommend you anti-fungal tablets or nail paints or might provide you a paste used to soften infected parts of the nail, before they’re removed with a scraping device. Treatment isn’t guaranteed to rid fungal infection completely so prevention is better than care.