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What is Nail Fungus? Find out why you should care!

What is Nail Fungus? Find out why you should care!

Nail fungus, or onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis), is an infection underneath the surface of the nail caused by fungi, more specifically, 17 different bacteria and microbes. These organisms take over, and the nail becomes discolored, thickens, flaky, and/or exudes a foul odor. These microbes survive in warm, moist environments and spreads through direct contact with the fungus.

Anyone is capable of getting a fungal nail infection. However, there are a few factors that can increase your chances of contracting onychomycosis such as:

  • Having Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
  • Injuring your toe
  • Increased Age
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Circulatory Disorders
  • Having Athlete’s Foot
  • Wearing shoes with increased warmth and moisture

Nail fungus is completely preventable! Some are much more prone to getting it, however.