Toenail fungus is also called onychomycosis. It is formed when a fungal infection develops underneath the nail surface. This causes changes in color, texture, pain, and foul odor on the infected nail. Dermatophytes are fungi that bring you athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch. They also cause most toenail infections. Most people seek treatment out of concern for their nails’ appearance. Toenail fungal infections are more serious than mere changes in the nail’s appearance. Like other types of infections, when this is left untreated, it can worsen and make it difficult to walk.
7What Are Possible Causes and Risks?
Fungal infections have several potential causes apart from being infected with dermatophytes. The following are some of the most common ways for toenail fungus to spread: breaks and damages on the nails, footwear that hurts the toes, mold growth, yeast overgrowth, having a history of athlete’s foot, having chronic diseases such as immune-deficiency, rheumatoid, and diabetes, using unsanitized tools for pedicure and manicure, and walking barefoot in damp public places like gyms, swimming pools, and locker rooms.