October 13, 2015

home > diseases, conditions and tests a-z list > fungal nails article

Fungal Nails

Introduction to Fungal Nails (Onychomycosis, Tinea Unguium)

Many changes in fingernails or toenails may cause people to think they have a fungal infection of the nails, medically known as onychomycosis.

Fungal infection of the nails sometimes makes the condition sound contagious or related to poor hygiene. In fact, up to 10% of all adults in Western countries have fungal infection of the nails. This percentage increases to 20% of adults who are age 60 or older.

In reality, abnormal-looking nails may be caused by a number of conditions including, but not limited to, fungal infection. There are many other reasons why your nails may look different. Continue Reading

Reviewed on 3/16/2015