Do you spend most of your day wearing closed shoes? Then you are most likely a part of the 8 out of 100 Americans that will have fungal nail infection at some point in their lives. Nail fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, so anyone wearing shoes for long period is highly prone to having them. Also medically known as onychomycosis, it is an acute fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails causing thickened and discolored nails that can sometimes become painful and outright uncomfortable.
Fungal nail infections are not self-healing and can be difficult to cure. If left unmanaged, they can commonly cause more widespread fungal lesions on the skin. Oral antifungal agents were used for treatment, but they come with the disadvantages of having harmful side effects and a longer treatment period.