Nail Fungus Information
Nail fungus (also known as Onychomycosis) is made up of tiny organisms (Tinea Unguium) that can infect fingernails and toenails. The nails of our fingers and toes are very effective barriers. While this usually just makes it difficult for an infection to invade the nail, the barriers can work just as hard to keep infections inside the nail once they've invaded.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 35 million people in the United States get nail fungus. The fungus lives underneath the nail because the nail provides a safe, dark, damp place that actually protects the fungus while it grows. This is why it can be difficult to treat nail fungus.
Most often, nail fungus appears in the toenails because socks and shoes keep the toenails dark, warm and moist. The toenails are six to seven times more likely to be infected than fingernails.
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