Fungal Nails

Fungal Nails Photo

A group of fungi, called dermophytes, attack the nail and thrive on keratin, the nail's protein substance. Similar to Athlete's foot, a fungal infection of the nails can be easily transmitted from one person to the other, especially through shared use of nail clippers. Fungal nails can sometimes be difficult to diagnose as there can be similar nail presentation from other disease states. Here are some signs which can be used to aid in differentiating a fungal toenail: 1. Thickening: Your nail may become thickened, more shell-like 2. Brittleness: The end of your nail may crack easily and pieces of your nail may break off 3. Discolouration: Your nail may be yellow or greyish-yellow rather than a healthy pink colour 4. Deformity: Your nail is misshapen; the end can be pulled away from your skin 5. Lack of Growth: The affected nail grows much slower than your healthy nails 6. Discomfort, Minor pain: The nail is sensitive to pressure and may cause discomfort 7. Athlete's Foot: For many people, the nail problem is associated with athlete's foot, a fungal skin infection