Nail fungus is a fungal infection of the toe or fingernail that resides inside the keratin of the nail. Fungal nail infection is the most prevalent foot problem. In Europe 48% of people by the age of 70 suffer from nail fungus. Fungal nail infections generally cause visual damage to nails, and if left untreated can lead to loss of the nail.
Fungal nail infections are caused when nails are continually exposed to warm, moist environments, such as sweaty shoes, sporting activities or shower floors.
Symptoms of a fungal nail infection include:
- White, tallow or brown discoloration of the nail
- Thickening of the nail
- Build-up of debris under the nail
- Distorted shape of the nail
If you are unsure whether you have a fungal nail infection, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Athlete's foot (also known as ringworm of the foot and tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas. It is caused by fungi in the genus Trichophyton and is typically transmitted in moist areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses. Fungal infection is especially concentrated in between the toes and sole of the feet.
Athlete's foot is a communicable disease caused by a parasitic fungus in the genus Trichophyton, either Trichophyton rubrum or Trichophyton mentagrophytes. It is typically transmitted in moist environments where people walk barefoot, such as showers, bath houses, and locker rooms. It can also be transmitted by sharing footwear with an infected person, or less commonly, by sharing towels with an infected person.
Symptoms of an athlete’s foot infection include:
- Itching of the affected area, especially between the toes
- Burning sensation
- Blisters and cracked skin