Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is one of the countless infections that people could suffer from. Some people who have nail fungus end up having it for years, or even for the rest of their lives. Sometimes this is because they don’t think they can get rid of it. Other times it’s because they just try one toenail fungus treatment and decide to give up after it doesn’t work. While it is true that in some cases toenail fungus is very difficult to treat, it is not impossible.
Nail infections are not only awful to look at, sometimes painful, but are also tough to get rid of and have many causes. Most people are not sure how they could have got it or the multiple ways that they could have obtained it.
It can still spread. If you have a fungus on one nail it is likely to spread to the adjacent nails if left untreated. It may also spread to the skin, which is often the result of athlete’s foot. Lastly, it can spread to the genitals (yikes!), which is the result of jock itch. This can happen when pulling underwear on or over the infected toes. So maybe make sure to wear socks when putting on underwear.
Age. With age comes many health issues and statistics show that individuals over the age of 60 are likely to developing a nail infection.
Contagious. No not by holding hands or playing footsy (although warm sweaty footsy might),, but sharing socks, shoes, or shower/bath space with someone who has a nail fungus or athlete’s foot makes you a huge target of developing a nail fungus as well.