Two of the most common fungus infections are athlete’s foot and toenail fungus infection also known as onychomycosis. Based on statistics, around 20 percent of American adults suffer from athlete’s foot while around 2 to 8 percent of adults in the West suffer from nail infections. Some health conditions that affect blood circulation like diabetes and heart disease may increase the risk of getting infected. It’s the same thing as those that have weakened immune systems.
Nail fungus can be easily found in environments that are warm and moist such as public shower rooms, swimming pools, bathrooms, and any skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Nail fungus can survive in the dark and warm environment of closed shoes, rugs, mats, and floors for up to six months.
You will know if you have been infected by this fungus when you notice symptoms like nail thickening; change in nail color making it yellow, white, or black; and at times making it separate from the nail bed.