Fungal Nail Infections
An infection with nail fungus can be very embarrassing as well as lead to permanent damage of the nail or nail bed. It can affect fingernails but is more common in toenails. Most infections are caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. These organisms thrive in warm, moist places such as showers or swimming pools and invade the nail through small cuts in the skin around the nail or separations in the nail bed.