Fungal infections affect any body part. Fungus is naturally present in the body, and it co-exists with bacteria. Once a fungus starts to overgrow, you can have an infection. Onychomycosis is also known as tinea unguium. It is a fungal infection that can affect both the fingernails and toenails. Fungal infections take time to develop. This makes any immediate changes on the nail appear unnoticed at first.
6How does the fungal infection develop?
A fungal nail infection happens when the fungus overgrows in, on, and under the nail. Fungi naturally thrive in a warm and moist environment. They easily populate and spread in this kind of environment. The fungi that cause nail infections are the same fungi that cause jock itch, ringworm, and athlete’s foot.
Aside from the fungus that is found naturally in your body, you can also become infected with nail fungus when you come in contact with someone who has been infected. You may also contract it by touching an infected surface. Toenails are more likely to be affected than fingernails because they are more confined to the warm and moist environment inside your shoes.
Using unsanitized pedicure and manicure tools in salons may also cause the spread of nail fungus as well as walking barefoot in public swimming pools, gyms, and locker rooms.