Toenail fungal infection is also known as onychomycosis and tinea unguium. It is a common nail infection, but it can be challenging to treat. Nail fungus can affect any part of the body. In fact, the fungus is a natural part of the body, and it exists alongside bacteria. The infection occurs when the fungus overgrows and spreads out. Nail fungus can affect both fingernails and toenails although it is more prevalent on the toenails. This type of infection develops over time. At first, its symptoms may not be noticeable.
6Why does the fungus develop?
The infection flourishes when the fungus is on, under, and in the nail starts to overgrow. Fungus grows in a warm and moist environment. This is the kind of environment that causes fungus to overpopulate. It’s the same fungus that causes jock itch, ringworm, and athlete’s foot. You may contract the fungus from someone who has been infected and when you come in contact with an infected surface. Toenails are easily infected by fungus than fingernails because the toenails are more confined to the warm and moist environment inside your shoes. You may also be infected when you use manicure and pedicure tools in a salon that have not been disinfected.