Fungal Nail Infection
What is Fungal Nail Infection?
Fungal nail infection is the most common nail complaint in the UK.
A fungal nail infection can be painful and many people find it an embarrassing and unsightly problem. Infections can cause nails to become discoloured, thickened and scaly and, if left untreated, can lead to the nail being lost altogether. Leaving a fungal nail infection untreated also means there is a risk of spreading it to other nails and other people, including family members.
Fungal nail infection is a recognised medical condition.
Fungal nail infection is sometimes referred to by its medical name onychomycosis, which is derived from the ancient Greek words onyx meaning nail and mykes meaning mushroom.
Of course, not everyone will know that their unsightly nails might be due to a medical problem. Some people are reluctant to get help over something that they think is just vanity, but which is in fact a medically recognised problem that needs early treatment.