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Fungal infection of the toenail (onychomycosis) is a common foot condition. Onychomycosis is commonly caused by group of fungi called dermatophytes. Dermatophytes find a portal of entry into your nail after some sort of trauma. This trauma can be due to your shoes, biomechanics, pedicure at unhygienic salon, walking barefoot in public places, sweaty feet, or weak immune system.
Onychomycosis may initially present as a white or yellow spot under the toenail and as the infection gets deeper, the the nail may become discoloured, thickened and brittle. Fungal infections are more common in toenails than fingernails because our shoes and socks create a dark, damp and warm environment in which fungi thrive.
Often times if you have a fungal nail, it may not bother you, besides its appearance. However, it can become painful once the nail becomes thickened. Also, there is a chance of it spreading to other nails and your skin. The treatments are relatively painless. How quickly the fungal nail can be treated depends on the infection, whether it's mild, moderate or severe.
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