Fungal infections can affect any body part. Fungi can be found anywhere in the body along with some bacteria. However, when fungi begin to overgrow, it can cause an infection. Onychomycosis is also known as tinea unguium. This nail infection affects both fingernails and toenails. Fungal infections are likely to develop over time. That means that if there are changes to your nails it may be hard to notice at first.
8What causes toenail fungus infections?
A fungal nail infection stems from a fungal overgrowth in, on, and under the nail. Fungi can thrive in a warm and moist environment. The environment in a closed-toe shoe as well as in public swimming pools, gyms, and locker rooms can cause fungi to overpopulate. The same fungi can cause jock itch, ringworm, and athlete’s foot. You may contract the fungi from someone who has been infected or when you have contact with an infected surface. This is why you can get infected by using pedicure and manicure tools in a salon that are not sanitized.