Fungal Nail Infection Symptoms

When dealing with any type of medical problem you must learn to identify the various symptoms that are associated with it. People know when they have a cold because of their persistent cough, sore throat, and runny nose. The same is true for a fungal nail infection. When you know what the symptoms are you will be able to connect the dots and know immediately what the problem is.

The fungal nail infection – also known as onychomycosis – has the ability to affect both finger and toe nails. It also has the ability to affect a single nail or more than one at a time. Below we have listed the most common and easy identifiable symptoms associated with this condition which can affect both adults and children.

  • Nails have thickened over time
  • Have become Brittle and ragged
  • They now have a distorted shape
  • Loss of shine or luster

Many of these nails will also become darker due to the build up of debris that is being held underneath the nail. In some cases the nail that has been infected will separate itself from the skin or the nail bed and come completely off. Some people will feel a slight discomfort or pain and an unpleasant odor.

When this fungal infection has started it will either reoccur in the same nail or it will travel to other nails. It is important that you make an appointment with your doctor when you first start to notice one or more of these symptoms. The first symptom to look for is a white or yellow spot under the tip of the nail.