Oftentimes when one person is afflicted with nail fungus, it so happens that the entire family ends up getting infected too. This makes it seem like nail fungus runs in families, which is why some believe that nail fungus is genetic, or there is a genetic component to nail fungus. 

It is not surprising that nail fungus often affects entire families at once, since after all, it is an infectious condition. It is similar to how when one person in a family gets the flu or chickenpox, usually the entire family will catch it as the virus is transmitted from person to person. Similarly, when one person catches nail fungus somewhere outside the house, they are walking in the carpets, sleeping with linens and using towels, and depositing fungal spores in all these places, which then goes on to infect everyone else. This gives the illusion that nail fungus is genetic. 

Nail fungus is genetic in the sense that a lowered immunity can make it more difficult for your body to fight off certain infections, which puts you at a higher risk of getting nail fungus than your counterpart from other families. Genetics do play a part in your immunity, and that is how nail fungus, or rather a predisposition to nail fungus is genetic to an extent. Certain conditions like diabetes also put you at a greater risk of toenail fungus and other feet-related problems, and diabetes tends to run in families as well. In this way nail fungus can be genetic. 

There is another cause of nail fungus that is genetic – ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails and toenail fungus are notorious for co-occurring, and since ingrown toenails can be caused by the structure of your toes or toenails, there is a genetic component here. 

So while nail fungus is not exactly genetic, chances are that if one person gets it, others in the family will too. If you are experiencing symptoms of nail fungus, do not put your family at risk and get it treated early. You can schedule a free consultation with a doctor at one of over 120 locations by calling 1-(800) 672-0625, or going to https://www.lasernailtherapy.com/.