Fungal nail infections, referred to in medical terms as onychomycosis, occurs when a fungi infects the nails. The infection often originates initially from Athletes foot. Usually the first sign of the nail infection is a white or yellow/brown opaque streak which either appears at one side of the nail or under the tip of your nail. Symptoms of a fungal infection may include brittleness, discoloration, thickening and crumbling of the nail, as well as debris under the nail itself. In some cases, the nail can detach from the nail bed.
A correct diagnosis is the key in treating fungal nail infections. On many occasions your podiatrist may be able to diagnose the condition by sight, on other occasions they may choose to send clippings off to diagnose the fungi causing the infection.
On many occasions your podiatrist will provide treatment initially to help restore a normal appearance to the nail followed by ongoing care to help cure the fungal infection.