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What is nail fungus?

Ringworm of the nail, also known as onychomycosis, is a fungal infection that causes the nail to thicken or turn white, yellow, or brown.

Does the fungus only affect the nails?

Some cases of toenail infection may also have a condition known as "athlete's foot" (a fungal infection of the skin of the foot). We also have cases where the hands and other parts of the body are also affected.  


What are the symptoms?

They happen on toenails more often than on fingernails. They usually start on the big toe and can affect 1 or more nails.  


A fungal infection can cause a nail to:
● Change color to white, yellow or brown
● Get thick, change shape,
  easily peel off or break
● Injuries appear in the surrounding area

Are these mycoses dangerous?

In people with diabetes or whose bodies have trouble fighting infections, nail infections serve as a gateway to other infections.

How is the treatment normally used?

Evaluation by the dermatologist helps determine the severity of the infection.  When people need or decide to have treatment, it involves specific drugs for the fungus being treated.

The choice depends on the medications and illnesses the person has.  These medications are given orally and/or applied to the nails. treatment with  pills usually last a few months.  Some people who take these drugs need blood tests because these drugs can affect the liver.


Can mycoses be prevented?


You can reduce your chance of getting ringworm by doing the following:
● Keep your feet clean and dry
● Do not share nail care tools such as scissors, files and pliers
● Wear flip-flops or other footwear in the gym shower or locker room


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