Fungal Nail Infection
Alternate Names : Onychomycosis, Mycotic Nails
A fungal nail infection is a condition in which a fungus or yeast infects the nails.
What is going on in the body?
A fungal nail infection is usually caused by a fungus called Trichophyton.
What are the causes and risks of the infection?
Fungal skin infections, such as athlete's foot, often lead to fungal nail infections. It is most common in adolescent and adult males and is rare in women and children under age 12. The fungus that causes the infection lives in warm, moist environments such as showers and locker rooms. A person is more likely to develop a fungal infection if he or she:
doesn't dry feet well after swimming or bathing
has sweaty feet
walks barefoot in locker rooms and showers
wears tight shoes and socks