Nail fungal infections, or the word “Onychomycosis” may be unfamiliar to you, but it is actually quite common throughout the world (not only the United States!). According to the 2014 study (link), the prevalence of nail fungal infection was reported as below:
East Asia 20%
North America 14%
The prevalence of nail fungal infection is higher in the older population, but we still see onychomycosis in children or young adult population. The high prevalence rate of this infection may be due to difficulties in treatment – fungus slowly glows under the nail, where we cannot easily reach out. Also, despite the clearly diseased feature associated with this condition such as pain, abnormal growth of nails, onychomycosis is still often considered as merely a cosmetic problem of relatively minor importance. This culture may be associated with lack of recognition of nail fungal infection in early stages.
If you have nail fungus, don’t hesitate to seek help. Treating fungal nail infection at an early stage will help you recover faster and prevent from spreading the fungus to others!