Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail bed and nail plate, affecting about a fifth of the population sometime in their lives. Once established, it can be difficult to treat and may result in the total loss of the nail. Fungally infected toenails can change colour, becoming yellow or brown in appearance, with thickening. If left untreated, the nail will start to crumble and change appearance.
It’s not always easy to establish the source of the infection but factors that increase the likelihood of developing a fungal infection can be as simple as having excessively sweaty feet (hyperhidrosis) or using communal showers. Failure to keep the feet clean and dry creates an ideal environment for a fungus to thrive.
As a qualified foot health practitioner, I can advise on the best course of action and treatment for this condition.