What is Fungal Nail Infection?

Onychomycosis more commonly referred to as Fungal Nail Infection is a fungal infection that can affect any part of the nail including the nail plate, bed or root. Fungal Nail Infection is a fungal infection of the nails and often follows a fungal infection of the feet (athlete's foot) and is identified by thickened, discoloured nails that become brittle, painful and loose.

Fungal Nail Infection can be mistaken as a cosmetic problem, but, if left untreated, it can lead to permanent nail damage, nail loss or other fungal infections such as athlete's foot. Aesthetic aspects such as unsightly nails are the number one issue for women and are more likely than men to feel embarrassed.1

Fungal Nail Infection affects quality of life and can cause pain, embarrassment and interference with daily activities such as1:


How common is Fungal Nail Infection?

Fungal Nail Infection is the most common nail disease and affects approximately 10% of the general population and increases with age. 2 Predisposing factors of those who are more at risk are:

  • Gender
  • Psoriasis
  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Older age (over 50 years of age)
  • Immunosuppression
  • Suboptimal health (e.g. cancer)
  • Concomitant fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot)
  • Lifestyle factors, such as participation in water-based sports