Fungi can cause several types of infections in the body, including the nails. This type of infection that affects the toenails and fingernails is also called onychomycosis. It commonly affects adults and rarely affects children. About half of the population is affected by toenail fungus when they reach the age of 70. Fungus is responsible for 50 percent of all nail diseases.
4What causes toenail fungal infections?
Microscopic organisms known as fungi cause toenail fungal infections. Most people get the fungus from a person even those who have been infected with athlete’s foot and ringworm. Another common manner of getting infected with nail fungus is by walking barefoot in damp public places like the pool decks, locker rooms, and gyms. Fungi thrive more in a dark, warm, and moist environment. Sharing an infected nail clipper, towel, and other devices can cause the spread of the infection. Wearing wet socks and inappropriate footwear may cause a toenail infection too. The fungus can infect the nail by getting through a small cut in the peripherals of the nail, a crack in your nail, and that space between the nail and the nail bed.