Do you know the percent of Americans who are affected by toenail fungus? 12% of all Americans! But what is the difference between bacteria and fungus? Fungus can multiply rapidly and cause different types of infection to the body. There are two different types of fungus that our skin is susceptible to. Candida and Dermatophytes, both of these types of fungi can affect our nails but usually Dermatophytes is the type of fungus most commonly found on the average, everyday, nail fungus infections.
How infectious is nail fungus? Is it possible to infect those around you? Your loved ones, family, and friends? The answer is yes! And very easily too! But why? What makes fungus so easily spreadable and how do we stop this epidemic? It’s the fungal spores, fungal spores are present in every case of nail fungus and they can travel airborne moving from toenail to toenail, and can ever travel upwards towards your fingernails. These fungal spores can take root in your shoes, socks, carpet, shower floors, and tiles if not disinfected and treated. Your shared common areas can become war zones of infectious fungal spores if a family member or roommate is harboring nail fungus.
Did you know men have a higher chance at developing toenail fungus over women? It can even be a trait passed genetically! It has been reported that the older you get, the more at risk you become for developing the fungus as well. People who suffer from weak immune systems, diabetes, smoke, and are in households where the fungus is already present also run a higher risk at obtaining the fungus. If you’ve recently suffered from a toenail or foot injury, or spend a fair amount of time in the water, your odds for infection sky rocket.
Take precaution now, be proactive! Never walk barefoot in public, wear flip flops in public locker rooms and showers, and always bring your own nail polish whenever you. get your nails done at the salon!