What is Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis, is a persistent fungal infection of the nail bed, matrix or plate. It is the most common nail disorder in adults, accounting for one third of all fungal skin infections and up to 50% of all nail diseases. The infection can cause nails to become yellow or discolored. Advanced infection causes thick, brittle nails that often separate from the nail bed.
What are the symptoms?
One or more of the following symptoms may indicate that you suffer from onychomycosis. Distorted, thickened or discolored nails, yellow or white streaks on or under the nails, brittle, crumbly or ragged nails and nails that have separated from the underlying skin.
Where can you get Onychomycosis?
Onychomycosis is caused by contact with infective fungal agents. Since these agents are present everywhere in our environment, everyone potentially is at risk of infection. Common sources include public showers, swimming pools, nail spas and gyms. Nail trauma and tight fitting shoes can also lead to infection.