Nail fungal infections are a common problem that affects all nails, but it usually affects the toenails. This condition is often caused by the growth of fungal spores that manage to creep into that space between the toenail and skin under the nail bed. The most common group of fungi that causes nail fungal infection is the dermatophytes. This type of fungi also causes ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot. Nail fungus infections may also be caused by other kinds of fungi like yeasts and molds.
14Some Risk Factors
This condition can be highly contagious in warm and moist environments. Some habits may also increase the risk of getting infected with nail fungus. These include walking barefoot in damp public areas like swimming pools and locker areas, wearing shoes that are too tight, wearing socks that are not clean or are wet, having athlete’s foot or a nail injury, diabetes, blood circulation issues, or a weakened immune system.