Nail fungus is known to be an infectious disease that spreads rapidly and seen progressively over time. How is this possible? Well, once a fungi or several fungi make contact with your skin or nail, they begin to multiply and do so rapidly. The visual effects however, take time to notice because they take time to actually infect the nail and cause damage, taking time for the nail to change color, shape, or texture. Moreover, you may notice that you have the problem occurring on your toenails and not your fingernails, or vice versa, on your finger nails and not the toenails, so the question here is why?
As most of us know, there are several causes of a nail fungal infection. With that said, depending on the way you have obtained your nail fungus, you will show the infection on either the fingernails, the toenails, or both.
Both toenail fungus and fingernail fungus develops in many of the same ways. The most common are likely to have developed from a nail salon, trauma caused to the nail, or frequent contact with warm and moist environments. Nail salons may not always disinfect their instruments after each use, which can cause bacteria and mold to grow on the instruments and therefore spread onto the next customer they use the instrument on. If trauma has been caused to the nail such as jamming it in a car door, dropping something heavy on it, hitting it against a hard surface, etc. the nail will often result in a bruise that will later become a fungal nail. Lastly, fungi thrive off of warm and moist environments, therefore if the hands and nails are exposed to wet and warm environments, such as dishwashers, car washers, sweaty hands or feet. the nails will likely become infected. It is important to keep your hands and feet as clean and dry as frequently possible to avoid the potential for both athletes foot and nail fungus.
In cases where the nails are infected on both the hands and feet, this usually results in patients who have a weak or low immune system, diabetics, or patients who have left nails untreated in their earlier stages and have spread to other parts of the body.
It is important in these cases to make sure that you visit a specialist at the first sign of a nail infection to avoid spreading and deeper infections that may never get resolved.