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.
5Who are the people who are most at risk?
Several risk factors increase the chances of developing a nail fungal infection. A person is more prone to being infected with nail fungus if he or she has diabetes, suffers from a circulation-related disease, is over 65 years old, has a weakened immune system, has nail injury or a skin injury or condition like psoriasis, wears artificial nails, wears closed-toe shoes like boots.
Men are more prone to this infection than women. It is also more prevalent among the elderly. When you have a family history of toenail fungus infection, you are prone to it as well.