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Fungal nail infections, also called tinea unguium and onychomycosis, is a challenging condition where the nails and nails beds become infected with yeast or molds. It is most common on the toe nails. It is less common at a younger age and becomes more common during the teen years and into adulthood.
Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), family members with athlete’s foot, family members with fungal nail infections, and frequently wearing footwear that does not let the feet air-out (such as with sports) are all risk factors for fungal nail infections.
One nail may be involved or multiple nails may be infected. It is not unusual to have one or more infected on one foot and one or more infected on the other foot. The nail will be thickened, white (sometimes brown), with rough edges, and sometimes a peeling or cracking appearance to the top and edges of the nail. It is possible to have only part of the nail involved (such as just one half of the nail). Untreated, the infection can last years. Mild cases may self-resolve on their own after a number of months.
Last Updated: 06/2019