Did you know…? Facts About Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus is a very common nail problem. Most people don’t realize just how common fungal nail infections are, and that they should be always be treated appropriately. The longer you go without treating a fungal nail, the hard it will be to treat. Here are some other facts about toenail fungus that many people don’t know:
- By 40 years old, one out of four adults will experience a fungal infection in the nail.
- You can spread nail fungus and it go from person to person rather quickly. Often, fungus is spread through common public areas.
- Fingernails don’t develop fungal infections as often toenails. In fact, toenails are four times more likely to develop an infection than fingernails.
- If you have an infected nail and you do not treat it, it WILL spread and infect other toenails.
- Athlete’s Foot can cause a nail fungus to develop. In fact, if left untreated, Athlete’s Foot will lead to the development of fungal nails 50% of the time.
- Your job can have an impact on your nails, and can increase your chance of developing toenail fungus. Those who have jobs that lead to them working in moist environments or around chemicals often are much more likely to develop a nail infection. There is a 300% increase in the likelihood of nail fungus developing in those positions.
If you notice changes in your nails and suspect an infection, see a podiatrist and have the issue treated appropriately. You can contact the Neuhaus Foot & Ankle office at (888) 713-0906 or contact us online with any questions or to set up an appointment.
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