Do you have nails that are brittle, flakey, yellow or thick? If you do then you most likely suffer from a nail fungus infection. But you’re not the only one, infact this infection is very commonly found, affecting millions of people worldwide. Men are more likely to develop nail fungus over women, along with the elderly over someone in their youth. Most people who recently develop nail fungus can’t help but wonder, how? How did I get infected and is this infection hereditary? In some cases nail fungus is hereditary, in some, it’s not.
If there is someone in your family who suffers from nail fungus, you are most likely going to struggle with it as well due to the fungus’s infectious nature. But family history is not always a guarantee that you too will develop the fungus. But certain hereditary factors can make you more susceptible to developing infections such as nail fungus. Sounds a little confusing? Here’s an example. Diabetics usually develop toenail fungus due to their decreased circulation in the feet. And since diabetes tends to run in families and is a trait that can be passed down from parent to child, it can create a hereditary predisposition to nail fungus and infections as well. Also, some people are just more prone to infections over others, this is also something that can run in families as well.
Some people strongly believe that nail fungus infections are strictly hereditary and are entirely to blame for their infection but that’s not always the case. Usually if you have a family member or two that suffers from a nail fungus infection and you’ve recently picked it up and you are all living under the same household then you most likely developed the fungus on your own living in closed quarters with the fungus. Nail fungus is extremely infectious and most people tend to overlook that.