Fungal infections may target any part of the body. Fungus is always present in the body. It thrives alongside bacteria. The trouble starts when there is an overgrowth of fungus since this causes an infection. Onychomycosis is the medical name for a fungal infection that occurs on the toenails and fingernails.
6Causes and Risks
Fungi thrive in a warm and moist environment. The most common cause of nail fungus infections is dermatophytes although these may also be caused by molds and yeast. Some factors can increase the risk of getting infected with nail fungus. These include being diabetic, having a weak immune system, and having blood circulation issues. One may also incur the infection by walking barefoot in damp public areas like swimming pools, changing rooms, and gyms or sharing personal items like towels and nail clippers.