Toenail fungus infection is a common condition found in people who are in their 50s and 60s. The medical term for this condition is onychomycosis. This is because as we grow older, our body organs start to lose their efficiency in function. It’s the same principle when it comes to our nails. It tends to become crumbly, brittle, and dry as we age. However, you have to know that nail fungus infection can affect anyone at any age.
Fungal infections are a result of fungus overgrowth on the nail. Fungi naturally reside in our bodies; they only cause an infection when growing rapidly due to a conducive environment, which is warm and moist. That’s why when your feet are often confined in the warm and moist environment of your closed shoes, you become prone to toenail fungus. Once one of your nails is infected by the fungus, the infection can spread to the other nails and even on the skin. Your nail may also be infected through the use of manicure and pedicure tools in salons, particularly when they are not sterilized every after use. Some people are also more susceptible to getting nail fungus infections. These are those who suffer from diabetes, diseases that result in poor circulation, decreased immune system, and nail or skin injury on the surrounding areas of the nail. People who frequent public swimming pools and those who use fake nails are more prone to fungus.