What is it?

Fungal infection of the fingernails or the toenails is a superficial fungal infection called also dermatophytosis and tinea unguium. Fungal infection makes the nails thicken, discolor, disfigure and split. It is more common in the toenails, in adults, and most commonly caused by onychomycosis. Risk factors include family history, living in warm climates, exercising, immunosuppression, bathing in communal showers, and wearing closed shoes.

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Additional names

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- Fungal nail infection

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include pain when wearing shoes, thickening of the nails, sensation of pricking, tingling, and creeping on the skin. In severe cases, the nails may disfigure.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further examination may include nail sample.


Treatment may include oral and topical antifungal medication.

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