Fungal Skin and Nail infections are superficial infections of the skin, hair or nails caused by a variety of fungi which otherwise live in the soil, on animals, or sometimes only on people.
Fungal spores are spread by direct skin contact (with humans or animals), or indirectly from contaminated articles, floors, or in the soil. Shared changing rooms and showers are often a source of Tinea, while some fungal infections are spread by sharing of items such as towels and sheets.
Fungal infections of the nails often involve several toenails, and can sometimes be seen in the fingernails as well. In appearance the nail gradually thickens, becomes discoloured (white or yellowish) and brittle, chalky and disintegrates. Quite often a yellowish soft substance will start to form beneath the nail as well.
Fungal infections of the skin are more commonly known as Tinea or Athlete’s Foot. The skin has a scaling or cracking red appearance, especially between the toes and is often very itchy.