What is nail fungus?
The most common nail disease, thought to affect 1 in 10 Irish adults, is a fungal infection (known as onychomycosis) of the toenails or fingernails caused by a fungal microbe that invades the nail bed, getting in through cracks in the nail or cuts in the skin. Causing nails to thicken, discolour, disfigure and split, the condition can appear to be purely cosmetic at first.
Toenails are much more likely to be infected than fingernails. Not just unattractive to look at, onychomycosis in toenails can lead to permanent deformity, which can interfere with being able to wear shoes, walking, sports and many other activities.
Fingernail infection has been known to cause psychological, social or employmentrelated problems. Without treatment, the condition will not heal and may progressively worsen, spreading tosurrounding skin and other nails.
Who gets nail fungus?
What causes nail fungus?
Symptons of nail fungus
Preventing nail fungus