The United States is home to countless secrets. About 16% of the people living there have one that is so embarrassing they are afraid to share it with anyone. The secret? Toenail fungus.

Toenail infections are often unsightly, causing various deformations of the nail. They could also cause pain and emit a strange odor. If an infection is not treated, it can lead to a second infection which may be even worse than the first one.

Since toenail infections are common in people with diabetes, they can be hereditary. However, this doesn’t mean that people without diabetes are going to be fungus free. In fact, people who dampen their feet on a regular basis are commonly infected as well. Keeping their feet dry will greatly reduce the risk of an infection.