Studies have shown that nail fungus occurs more frequently in older populations, as nails grow more slowly with age. This may also be due to diminished blood circulation and more years of being exposed to fungus. Men and those with a family history of nail fungus appear to be more vulnerable to infection.
Additionally, if you have AIDS, diabetes, or other diseases that weaken the immune system, you’re at extra risk for fungal infections. You’re also at extra risk if you have a nail injury or other infection. Take extra care to follow these steps and avoid creating or exposing yourself to fungus breeding grounds.
Don’t Expose Yourself To Toenail Fungus Infection
- Wear sandals in damp public places such as changing rooms, communal showers, and swimming pools. Avoid walking barefoot.
- If you work in a humid or moist environment, keep your feet clean and your socks dry. Bring an extra pair of socks to change into if your feet get damp.
- Change your socks after you’ve been perspiring heavily. Sweaty socks are the perfect breeding ground for toenail fungus infections.
- Wear socks and shoes that allow ventilation and don’t absorb sweat. Avoid tight, constricting footwear, which bunches toes together making them especially warm and moist – the perfect breeding ground for toenail fungus to grow.