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What Does Nail Fungus Look Like?

Because nail fungus infections can be present for years without causing pain, the early stages can be easily overlooked.  If you suspect you have nail fungus, here are some warning signs that an infection may be developing.

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Telltale Signs of a Nail Fungus Infection

The first symptoms of a nail infection are easily overlooked: small white or yellow dots beneath the tip of a toenail or fingernail. As the infection encroaches deeper along the nail, it may become yellowed or discolored. The ugly stain may show white, green, or black flecks. Often the nail will separate from the bed and become reddened and painful. In addition, the fingernails or toenails may become thicker and exhibit crumbling edges. Toenail fungus infections may spread from one toe to another, so prompt treatment is essential.

Fact: Fungus is the cause of half of all nail disorders.

Fact: The most common location for a nail fungus infection is the toenail.

Fact: The medical term for a toenail fungal infection is onychomycosis.

Fact: 12% of Americans suffer from nail fungus infections.

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Nail Infection, Fungal (Onychomycosis) -SkinSight Medline Plus

Nail Lifting (Onycholysis)-SkinSight Medline Plus

Resources

 

“Nail Problems.” American Podiatric Medical Association. American Podiatric Medical Association, n.d. Web. 21 June 2010. www.apma.org/MainMenu/Foot-Health/FootHealthBrochures/GeneralFootHealthBrochures/NailProblems.aspx.

“Foot and Ankle Institute, Barry University.” Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 June 2010. http://www.barry.edu/podiatryclinics/conditions/nailFungus.htm.

“Toenail Fungus.” UAB Health System Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 June 2010. http://www.health.uab.edu/17888/.

 ” Nail Fungus & Nail Health.” American Academy of Dermatology. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 June 2010. http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/common_nail.html.