A fungal nail infection is more than just an embarrassing cosmetic problem – it may also cause health problems. Over time, the fungal infection may spread and damage your entire nail. Having damaged fingernails can reduce the sensitivity in your fingertips, making it harder to pick up small objects, such as coins, or to use the computer. Damaged, thick toenails can cause pain while wearing shoes and especially while standing, walking, working, or playing sports.
The most common type of fungal nail infection invades the nail from under the tip of the nail, cuticle, or the top of the nail. It spreads to the lower layers of the nail, the nail bed, and growth center.
If you think you have a fungal nail infection, see your doctor as soon as possible. Nail fungus is one infection that may not go away on its own. Starting your treatment as soon as you can may help you avoid serious damage to your nail and other health problems..