Fungal infections in the toe or fingernails can appear as thickened, discolored, or disfigured. While it may seem like the condition is just an aesthetic concern, fungal infections can lead to worsened symptoms and pain. Diabetes, a weakened immune system, and the normal aging process are all causes associated with fungal infections. It is more likely for senior citizens and adults to develop a fungal infection as opposed to children.
- Fungal nail infection usually does not cause any painful symptoms unless the nail becomes so thick it causes becomes irritated when wearing shoes.
- As the nail thickens, fungal nail infection may interfere with normal day to day activities.
- Loss of self-esteem, embarrassment, and social problems can also develop.