Toenail Fungus Causes and Symptoms
There are several factors that can contribute to toenail fungus. Your nails are extra vulnerable in warm, damp areas where you are likely to be barefoot- like saunas, showers, locker rooms, water parks, and swimming pools. Excessive pressure (from shoes) or injury to the nail bed also make the nail more inclined to any type of infection, including fungal infections.
People who suffer from chronic illnesses like circulatory problems, immune-deficiency conditions, or diabetes, are especially susceptible to contracting fungal toenails. Also, people with a history of developing athlete’s foot and those who perspire excessively are more vulnerable to the ailment.
Patients will often ignore toenail fungus, as it can exist for years without any pain. It is a problem that causes a progressive change in the quality and appearance of the toenail. It can be ugly, and the patient is usually embarrassed by their condition by the time they make an appointment for treatment.