Nail fungus usually starts off small and unsuspecting. Maybe a small white or yellow spot under the toenail or fingernail. Then the fungus advances and grows which can make the nail can turn brown, even black becoming thick and hard. What’s worse is the the nail can even start flaking and crumbling which can cause pain.
You can get fungus at any age, but here’s why the older you are, the more at risk you are to nail fungus. Decreased blood circulation, natural growth of thickened and slow growing nails, and age related ailments like diabetes are all common sources to obtaining nail fungus. Not to mention that as we age our immune system and our bodies natural ability to fight infection and bacteria severely weakens making us prime targets for nail fungus.
Runners, gym goers, power walkers, pretty much anyone constantly active and on the move is at risk due to the amount of pressure they place on their toes mixed with keeping their feet in an enclosed dark, warm, and moist environment. Which is nail funguses favorite place to grow.
Keeping up our health as we age should be your top priority. If you have a family member or housemate with nail fungus your chances of catching the fungus sky rocket. Nail fungus is extremely infectious. To avoid nail fungus, especially with growing age, you need to be proactive and fight fungus early on. There are an endless amount of different creams and protective nail lacquers you can purchase at your local drug store. Fight fungus early on and you shouldn’t have to worry about any infections with your growing age!