Discoloured nails

Fungal nail infections are accompanied by a certain degree of discomfort and difficulty. Possibly the most troublesome and unsightly symptom is that the nail begins to take on a nasty appearance and gradually becomes discoloured.

Discolouration can vary in appearance

Colour changes in nails that have been infected with fungus can have a variety of appearances, and can change as the infection develops.

  • A change in colour is one of the earliest symptoms that appear when a nail becomes infected with fungus.
  • Discolouration begins from the edges of the nails. In most cases, the colour changes from a clear colour tone to a yellowish nuance.
  • The surface of the nail changes texture and starts becoming porous. The affected areas begin to appear loosened.
  • Aside from a yellowish nuance, the discolouration may take on a whitish-grey or greyish tone. In long-term infections, the nails can turn black and start falling off.
  • A fungal infection of the nails can, in some cases, emit an unpleasant odour.

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Yellowish Discolouration

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Dark/black discolouration

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White/grayish discolouration

Aside from discolouration, other aspects of the appearance of the nail may be affected by the fungal nail infection. The nail thickens and is lifted from the nail bed. Cracks may develop and white dots may appear. One should consider treating the fungal nail infection; an infection in one nail can spread to nearby nails. An effective treatment for fungal nail infections has proven to be the non-prescription remedy Naturasil

Why is there a change of colour?
Discolouration occurs when one of the many skin fungi that may cause a fungal infection penetrates the nail. When the fungus has succeeded in either penetrating the nail or getting in under it, it starts to break down the keratin to use its nutritive substances to propagate itself. When the keratin in the nail breaks down, the colour is changed.