Who Is More Likely to Get Nail Fungus?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some people are more likely to get nail fungus than others (https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/contagious-skin-diseases/nail-fungus#causes). There are several factors that increase the chances of developing a fungal nail infection.

Age

  • Nail fungus is more common in old age and less common in children.

Climate

  • Living in a hot and humid area

Health Conditions

The risk of developing nail fungus will increase if you have one or more of the following:

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Poor circulation due to Cancer, Diabetes, or other factors

  • Weak immune system due to HIV or other diseases

  • History of having a Nail fungus

  • Nail trauma

  • A family member who has a nail fungus

  • Psoriasis

Way of living

The risk of developing nail fungus will increase if you:

  • Sweat frequently

  • Smoke

  • Spent time in water frequently

  • Walk barefoot in public places such as pool or locker room

  • Wear ill-fitted shoes

  • Wear plastic gloves

In summary, you are more likely to get a fungal nail infection when you have your nails exposure to the hot and humid environment. Also, if you have a weak immune system and poor circulation, the fungi are prone to develop until the point where you get a fungal nail infection.

Try to keep your nails dry and clean. If you get a fungal infection, contact your doctor or podiatrist before it spreads out and damages other nails.

By |2019-01-14T13:36:56-07:00January 14th, 2019|