Catching a nail fungal infection puts you at risk of spreading dermatophytes from the affected toenail to other parts of your body.1
A nail fungal infection (onychomycosis) is caused by dermatophytes, a highly contagious fungi that thrives in warm and moist environments.2
Nail Fungal Infection
Causes of a nail fungal infection
There is no doubt that several factors unique to modern life have resulted in an increased prevalence of onychomycosis. These include the wearing of shoes, particularly fashionably tight, high-heeled shoes; the increased use by large numbers of people of damp spaces such as locker rooms and gymnasiums;
Other factors that increase the risk of onychomycosis are direct trauma to the nail, including that resulting from certain tic disorders (e.g., nail biting).5
Treatment of a nail fungal infection
Even if the symptoms of a fungal infection, such as foot or nail fungus, or scaly skin, can be unpleasant and painful, take comfort in knowing that there are effective and easily available treatment options available.
Remember: if you tackle the infection early, it's easier to get rid of it quickly.