Ringworm of the nail is due to a fungal infection (dermatophyte) similar to the type that causes athlete's foot. Other scientific terms for ringworm of the nails are: tinea unguium, onychomycosis, onychogryphosis or dermatophytosis unguium. The fungi that cause ringworm are able to feed on keratin - the main protein in nails, hair and the outer layer of the skin.
How do you get ringworm of the nails?
Ringworm of the nails can occur directly in the nail itself or from an untreated fungal infection of the foot. Fungal infection of the foot can also spread and grow into the nail.
What are the symptoms?
- A whitish thickening of the nail and nail-bed.
- The nail thickens, discolours and in advanced stages the nail may become destroyed. Treatment
Treatment is based on the severity, extent, and location of the fungal infection. Sometimes all that is required is a topical medication, and at other times systemic treatment (medicines by mouth) maybe required. Dr. Crutchfield will carefully evaluate the situation and make the appropriate treatment recommendation for you.
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