Onychomycosis, also called tinea unguium, is a fungal infection that affects either the fingernails or toenails. Fungal infections normally develop over time, so any immediate difference in the way your nail looks or feels may be too subtle to notice at first.
A fungal infection of the nail may affect part of the nail, the entire nail, or several nails.
Visible signs of a fungal nail infection include:
- scaling under the nail, which is called subungual hyperkeratosis
- white or yellow streaks on the nail, which is called lateral onychomycosis
- a crumbling corner or tip of the nail, which is called distal onychomycosis
- flaking white areas on the nail’s surface, which may include pits in the nail
- the appearance of yellow spots at the bottom of the nail, which is called proximal onychomycosis
- loss of the nail
- Common signs of a fungal nail infection include:
- a distorted nail that may lift off from the nail bed
- an odor coming from the infected nail
- a brittle or thickened nail
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