Nail fungal infections may affect any part of the body. Fungi normally occur in the body and they coexist with other bacteria. However, when a fungus starts to spread, then it causes fungal infection. Toenail fungus is also known as onychomycosis or tinea unguium. It can affect both the fingernails and toenails. This condition normally develops over time. This means that the changes in the appearance of the nails may be too subtle at first.
8Who is at risk of a nail fungal infection?
People who have the following conditions are more likely to develop a nail fungal infection: diabetes, older than 65 years of age, poor blood circulation, nail injury, skin injury around the nail, having moist fingers or toes most of the time, a weakened immune system, and others.