Your risk for getting nail fungus infections depends largely on your exposure to the microorganisms that cause it and some personal health factors. Fungus thrives in warm, moist atmospheres, so you’re likely to encounter it in hot, humid climates and community places with a lot of damp air, like public pools, locker rooms, and saunas. If your feet are frequently sweaty and you come in contact with the fungus, you’re more likely to become infected. Preexisting conditions like diabetes, psoriasis, poor circulation, or an otherwise weakened immune system also make you more susceptible.
A few other factors can make a difference, like age and gender. Both men and people over 50 are more likely to develop an infection. Fortunately, there are also many different ways to prevent fungal toenails. If you notice changes in your nails, don’t take it for granted and assume it will go away. You could have contracted a nail fungus. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. for more information or an appointment to take care of the problem before it spirals out of control. Visit the contact page online or call our Medford office at (541) 776-3338 to reach us.