About Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenail or fingernail. This infection which is commonly referred to as toenail fungus, can affect any part of the nail including the nail bed, plate or matrix and can spread to more than one digit including the surrounding areas of skin. If left untreated it can disfigure, discolor and at worst be very painful and may even limit ambulatory ability resulting in a quality of life issue. Toenail fungus is very contagious and can be the result of chronic athletes foot, poor hygiene, athletic shoes, aging and from having a compromised immune system.