It starts as a white or yellow-brown spot under the tip of the fingernail or toenail. As the fungal infection deepens, the nail may become discolored, thickened, and crumble at the edge. Nail fungus can affect several nails. If your condition is mild and doesn't bother you, you may not need treatment.
Infected nails are often thicker than normal and may be misshapen or oddly shaped. Fungal nails may look yellow. Sometimes a white dot appears on the nail and then it gets bigger. When fungi accumulate under the nail, they can loosen and even separate the nail from the bed.
The fungus can also spread to the skin around the nail. A fungal nail infection is a common condition that can cause brittle and discolored toenails, usually on the toes. Fungal nail infections, also known as “onychomycosis”, are very common. They can affect up to 14% of the general population.
Fungal toenail infections are more common than fungal nail infections. The 1.Part on a nail becomes white, yellow, brown, or another color. At first, you may only see a spot of discoloration on the tip of your nail. Without treatment, this discoloration can spread and cover more of the nail.
Since toenail fungus can look like other conditions, such as psoriasis, you'll want to have your nail checked by a doctor of the foot. If you spend a lot of time in the water or have injured your toenail, you are more likely to get toenail fungus. Because fungi grow in dark, warm places, toenails are more likely to be affected than nails of the hands.