Fungal nail infections are a common condition of toenails and fingernails, making them discolored, misshapen, thickened, and more likely to crack or break. This type of infection is more prevalent in toenails compared to fingernails. The technical name to use for a toenail infection is onychomycosis. It is common, especially among older adults. Medical experts said that toenail fungus affects 1 out of 10 adult people and 2 out of 10 people who are older than 70. Toenail fungal infection occurs when the fungus gets in between the toenail and the nail bed by way of a crack or cut in your toes.
5Who gets infected most?
Anyone can be infected by a nail fungus although some people are more prone to this than others. This type of infection is more common among men than women. People who are diabetic, have a weakened immune system, blood circulation issues, a nail or skin injury or condition like psoriasis, and athlete’s foot. You can also incur the infection when you frequently walk barefoot in public areas that are warm and moist such as pools, gyms, and locker rooms, or when you go to salons for a pedicure or manicure using tools that are not sanitized.