What Is Nail Fungus:
Nail fungus is a common condition that usually begins as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your fingernail or toenail. The infected nail may separate from the nail bed. There maybe pain in your toes or fingernails, along with a slight foul odor. As the fungus gets deeper, nail fungus causes your nail to discolor, thickened, and crumble at the edges.
Nail fungus is also known as onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis) and tinea unguium. When the fungus infects the area between the toes and the skin of your feet, it's known as athlete's foot (tinea pedis). It can affect several nails but usually not all of them.
- Live in warm, moist area like swimming pools and showers
- Can invade your skin through tiny cuts
- Can cause a problem if the nail is exposed to warm and moist conditions
Nail fungus have been known to appear in toenails rather than fingernails, mainly because toenail are enclosed inside shoes where it is dark, war, and moist, where fungi can thrive. Your toes have less blood flow than your fingers, making it harder for your body to detect and stop infection.
- Being Older
- Heavy Perspiring
- Being Male
- Working in a humid or moist environment in a job where your hands are often wet, such as dishwasher, bartending, or a housekeeping
- Wearing socks or shoes with little or no ventilation
- Walking barefoot in damp area such as, swimming pools, gym, and shower rooms
- Having athlete's foot
- Having a minor skin or nail injury or skin condition, such as psoriasis
- Having circulation problems such as a weakened immune system, diabetes, or Down syndrome