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What are symptoms of fungal nail infection?

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At first, you may have no outward symptoms. But over time, your nails may:

  • Have white spots appear on the surface
  • Turn white, yellow, green or brown
  • Grow thicker than normal or, in some cases, thinner than normal
  • Become brittle, with broken or jagged edges
  • Change shape, curling up or down
  • Lift off of the nail bed
  • Smell bad
  • Cause you pain

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Fungal nail infections.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “A large-scale North American study of fungal isolates from nails: The frequency of onychomycosis, fungal distribution, and antifungal susceptibility patterns.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail fungus,” “Ingrown toenails,” “Nails.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for nail infections.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Paronychia,” “Fungal nail infections.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail fungus.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Fungal nail infections.”

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology: “A large-scale North American study of fungal isolates from nails: The frequency of onychomycosis, fungal distribution, and antifungal susceptibility patterns.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Toenail fungus,” “Ingrown toenails,” “Nails.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Caring for nail infections.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Paronychia,” “Fungal nail infections.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Toenail fungus.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 02, 2018

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