Fungal/discoloured toenails

This condition is medically known as Onychomycosis or ringworm of the finger or toenails, affecting toenails more than fingernails. Usually nails are thick, discoloured , flaky or brittle with a yellowish-brown appearance and can also lead to ingrown toenails if nails become too thick and exert pressure on the nail bed from various types of footwear. It affects people over the age of 50 and young athletes. Some predisposing factors include previous fungal infections of the skin that may have spread to the nails, underlying conditions such as diabetes, poor circulation and poor immune system, trauma to the nail and constant washing of the hands and feet.