Nail fungus (medically known as onychomycosis) is the common name for an infection of the nail caused mainly by a class of fungi called dermatophytes. This is the same fungi that are responsible for athlete’s foot. The infection can affect any part of your nail, including your nail plate, bed and root. However, 85% of fungal nail infections occur under the nail plate, on the nail bed. A fungal nail infection is seven times more likely to occur on one of your toenails than on one of your fingernails.
Fungal nail infections are highly contagious . They are easy to catch in places where you’re barefoot, such as changing rooms or swimming pools, or via unsterilised equipment in nail and beauty salons. If you touch someone who is infected and you forget to wash your hands, it’s easy to develop an infection. Sharing contaminated objects such as towels, bed sheets and clothing can also spread the infection. Click here to learn more about the precautions you can take to prevent fungal infections spreading
Did you know…
...…fungal nail infections affect 10% of the population globally!