Nail Fungus Infections
Nail fungus infections ("onchomyosis") are caused when fungi, along with dirt and debris, become trapped beneath the toenail and penetrate the softer tissue beneath the nail (called the "nail bed").
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The nails are thickened and become discolored, and they even separate from the underlying skin or nail bed. Sometimes they crumble away.
Treatment of nail fungus infections by a podiatrist often consists of:
(1) Thinning of the nail or utilizing surgery to remove the nail temporarily or permanently to prevent it from coming back.
(2) Occasionally medication is applied directly to the nail bed or taken orally for a short period of time to attempt to remove the fungus from the nail.