An infected nail will not cure on its own. Fungal nails are nails (on the toe or finger) that are infected with a fungus or yeast.
Onychomycosis is the medical term for a fungal nail (‘fungal: mycosis – nail: onycho’) that can occur on toenails and fingernails. Fungi are microscopic organisms that do not need sunlight to survive. Some fungi have beneficial properties, while others may cause infection and illness.
Fungal nails are caused by a fungus, which belongs to the group of dermatophytes. These fungi have names that usually begin with Trichophyton. Most of the fungal nails are caused by the skin fungus Trichophyton rubrum (70%) or by Trichophyton mentagrophytes (20%). Different fungus, such as the Candida variant, causes the remaining 10%. The fungi feed on ceratine, one of the main substances of your nails.
A fungal nail can be painful and is often an embarrassing problem. Fungal nails can create discoloration, thickening and scaling of the nails. A thickened nail can also be caused by a growth disorder or a skin disease, such as psoriasis. The nail color discoloration for psoriasis and fungal nail is similar.
Always treat a fungal nail!
An infected nail will not get better on its own; you will have to do something about it! So always make sure to treat a fungal nail. In addition the fungi that cause fungal nails are contagious. There is a chance for the infection to spread to other parts of the nail, foot or to other people.