Fungal infections can develop in any part of the body. Fungi, along with bacteria, are normally present on the body. When there is an overgrowth of fungi, you get an infection. Fungal infections that affect the nails on the toes or fingers is called Onychomycosis. It is not noticeable when the infection starts because they develop over time.
A group of fungi called dermatophytes is responsible for most cases of fungal nail infections. Other cases are caused by overgrowth of yeasts and molds. These microscopic organisms enter through the skin through tiny cuts or between the nail and nail bed.
Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments. Naturally, they overpopulate in similar conditions and cause an infection. It can spread easily. Coming in contact with a person with a fungal infection, you may too contract a fungal infection.
You can also contract a fungal nail infection at the nail salon when getting a manicure or pedicure. The tools they use such as nail clippers and emery boards can spread fungus from person to person. Particles of other people’s nails can remain in the tools so make sure that tools are sterilized. To be safe, you can bring your own tools to the nail salon.
Toenails are more commonly affected by fungal infections than fingernails. This is because the toenails are usually in socks and closed toed footwear. This is the perfect environment for fungi to thrive and infect the toenails.
Since fungi thrives in moist places and can spread easily from person to person, you can easily contract fungal infections in damp communal areas. These places ares swimming pools, gym lockers, and public showers. Make sure to wear slippers when going to these places to protect your toes from the fungi in the immediate environment.
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