How Common Is Nail Fungus
Fungal nail infections are common - over a 30 million people are affected in the USA.
Nail fungus is am embarrassing condition that effects many millions the world over - unsurpringly, few people like to talk about their condition. Hand and feet are usually hidden well away. There are several factors that can cause the fungal conditions.
Once the fungal infection has taken a hold it will not dissappear, the longer the condition is left untreated the worse it will become.
If treated in the very early stages a home remedy treatment is usually adequite to stop the signs of the nail becoming distorted and discolored.
Fungal nail infections make up:
A third of all fungal skin infections
Over half of all nail diseases and conditions
Toenails are seven times more likely to be affected than fingernails
Anyone can develop fungal nail infections, but there are also certain factors which increase the risk of you getting a fungal nail infection. These include:
Getting older the older a person gets the lower their immune system becomes making them more suseptable to infection
Certain sports such as running (certain types of footwear may cause the foot to sweat) and swimming (use of communal changing rooms and showers) both provide ideal conditions for fungal growth
Smoking - the more cigarettes you smoke a day the higher the risk of getting a fungal nail infection
Certain jobs that involve a person having their hands or feet in water, such as life guards or people washing dishes. people in the building trade that often work out doors in damp condition are suseptable to fungal infections.
Some medical conditions such as psoriasis or circulatory problems.
Yeast Infections - some fungal conditions can be cuased by Yeast infections. Read about Yeast Infections
Approximately a quater of adults in the western world over the age of 40 will suffer from some form of fungal condition. Children are highly unlikely to become infected unless both parents are sufferers. Is is thought that this could be a inherited condition.
If you suspect you may be suffering from any nail related condition seek professional advice first.
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