Toenail Fungus or Onychomycosis
Toenail fungus is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi. The disease is characterized by a progressive change in a toenail’s quality and color often resulting in the discoloration and thickening of the toenail, which can cause embarrassment for many people. Thick, ragged, and distorted nails lacking shine are a sign of toenail fungus. The color of the affected nail tends to be darker because of debris buildup underneath the nail. Toenail fungus is more likely to develop in people who visit Public showers, gyms, and swimming pools which are breeding grounds for toenail fungus, as their damp and humid environments allow for the growth of bacteria.
Patients should visit their podiatrist if they suspect they have toenail fungus because in its more severe stages, toenail fungus can become very painful. The toenail fungus can spread to other parts of the body.