Fungal nail infections, referred to in medical terms as onychomycosis, occurs when a fungi infects the nails. The infection often originates initially from Athletes foot. Usually the first sign of the nail infection is a white or yellow/brown opaque streak which either appears at one side of the nail or under the tip of your nail. Symptoms of a fungal infection may include brittleness, discoloration, thickening and crumbling of the nail, as well as debris under the nail itself. In some cases, the nail can detach from the nail bed.
Approximately 50 percent of all nail disorders are fungal infections. Treatment of a fungal nail infection can be difficult to treat and can take as long as 12 – 18 months to completely clear (until the old fungal area of the nail completely grows out).
Treatment of this condition includes products such as Lamisil tablets (prescription only for chronic multi site infections), Nizoral, Curanail or one of the many other fungal solution(paint)/cream preparations. To establish whether you have a fungal nail infection it is worth seeing a Podiatrist and gaining advice in regards to the best course of action for you.