Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is the infection of the nail caused by the fungi dermatophytes, the same fungi responsible for athlete’s foot. The infection generally starts at the edge of the nail but can affect the whole nail, including the nail plate, bed and root.
Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, making the hands and feet ideal locations for them to multiply. Fungal nail infections are more likely to develop if you have poor circulation, wear artificial nails, have a nail injury, have a weakened immune system or wear closed-toe shoes such as tennis shoes or boots.
Visible signs of fungal nail infection include scaling under the nail, white or yellow streaks on the nail, and crumbling of the nail.
We provide treatment for fungal nails here at Harpenden Skin Clinic.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.